Outrage As Buhari’s #NextLevel Logo Is Enmeshed In Plagiarism Scandal

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Outrage As Buhari’s #NextLevel Logo Is Enmeshed In Plagiarism Scandal

Outrage As Buhari’s #NextLevel Logo Is Enmeshed In Plagiarism Scandal

The campaign document adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari for his re-election is under intense criticism on social media after his handlers appear to have stolen the ‘Next Level’ logo from Rex Institute.

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The President had, on Monday, launched the All Progressives Congress Road Map for 2019 titled, NEXT LEVEL.

“We are committed to deepening the work we started in this first term, such that Nigeria’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised for the good of the common man.

“Join Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and I on this journey to the NEXT LEVEL of a prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria,” Buhari had said.

However, findings have shown that the NEXT LEVEL logo used by the President’s campaign team is similar to that of a project by the United States-based Winthrop University, also tagged NExT LEVEL.

A peek into the school’s website, www2.winthrop.edu, showed that “NExT LEVEL is a project of the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network, in collaboration with the Fort Mill School District (York 4), Lancaster County School District and the Rock Hill School District (York 3).”

The project coordinator, Dr. Kelly Costner, said on the website that the programme “is a Professional Development Programme grant funded by the US Department of Education and administered through the Office of English Learner Acquisition, Delaware.”

It is not the first time Buhari and his handlers have been enmeshed in a plagiarism scandal.

In September 2016, his ‘Change Begins With Me’ speech contained several sentences that were identical to some in Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech.

For instance, Buhari had said:

“We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long.”

Meanwhile, eight years ago, after his victory over Republican John McCain in the race for the White House, Obama had said:

“Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”

While the Presidency is yet to respond to the allegations of plagiarism, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to pour out their mind with respect to the logo.

See tweets below:



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