The possibility that the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari with so much fanfare last week, may just be a stolen copy, is worrying and sobering all at once.
No ‘change’ administration should be engaging in acts it preaches against. You also don’t want to be embroiled in a plagiarism controversy with your goodwill fast ebbing away.
Two media consultants, Akin Fadeyi and Omor Bazuaye have laid claims to the concept, but Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed is having none of it.
Bazuaye said: “We received with utter shock and disbelief attempt by the Federal Government through its Ministry of Information and National Orientation to clone and plagiarize our work, “NOT IN MY COUNTRY”, in what it now calls “Change Begins With Me.
“Only a few days ago Nigeria celebrated the arrival of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook into the country.
“Zuckerberg developed something extraordinary and revolutionized the IT world. He came to Nigeria looking for and to give courage to emerging stars.
“I had written then that Nigeria has a “jungle fever” that allows it to always celebrate what is foreign as against the ingenuity of its own people.
“While we rolled out the drums and even engaged in what Zuckerberg wore or ate in his brief stay in Nigeria; my attention shifted to Nigerians doing remarkable things yet ignored or abandoned.
“There is the case of John Obaro who created the software for Treasury Single Account (TSA). What did he get? He received the biggest scorn of his life.
“What I didn’t realize was that I could become the next victim until Thursday, the 8th of September, 2016 when I saw that the idea we dropped in the office of the Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation, Lai Mohammed; what seems a perfect replica of it was being launched by the Minister without the consent of the real originators.”