Ghana’s new president, Nana Akufo-Addo has been accused of plagiarism in his inaugural speech in Accra on Saturday. Part of his inaugural speech, where he promised honesty of purpose and reduced taxation, among other things, was found to have been lifted from the 1993 inaugural speech of former US President Bill Clinton. The scandal has been slammed by critics as degrading to the message of hope Akufo-Addo sent to Ghanaians.
Among other things, Akufo-Addo made a solemn promise to protect the public purse and insist on the value of money on all projects. He said his business of leadership is to serve and Ghanaians should not expect any less from him. Quoting one of his mentors Kofi Abrefia Busia, a former president, President Nana Akufo-Addo charged all to regard politics as an avenue of service to their fellow human beings.
‘‘Our success or failure should be judged by the quality of knowledge of the ordinary man and the standard of living he enjoys”Akufo-Addo who beat then incumbent John Mahama in last months presidential election said.