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.
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:
Even the Next level logo was copied. How can a Presidential team be this lazy?
How can a country’s government be committing plagiarism?@tha6ft1god @renoomokri @akaebube @henryshield @segalink @ShehuSani @KBUdeogu @Mikepeter2657 @TheEconomist @benmurraybruce @AustinL263 pic.twitter.com/ELNfKsSpBI
— Chris Okpokiri (@chrisOkpokiri) November 19, 2018
Definitely it will not stop anyone from voting Buhari. But is this not next level of plagiarism and scam?
Does that portray “Mr Integrity” as responsible?
Remember, this is the first time…
— Ayodeji 🇳🇬 (@DejiOfficial) November 19, 2018
#NextLevelScandal: The @MBuhari presidency has again disgraced our nation by stealing the Rex Institute’s “Next Level” logo and mantra as his 2019 campaign mantra and presenting same to Nigerians as his idea and creation. pic.twitter.com/ZVKl6u1Nga
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) November 20, 2018
APC stole logo for their Next Level shit again
Next Level Incompetence 🙆♂️
— Mr. Sossa (@OluwafemiSossa) November 20, 2018
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) November 20, 2018
#IWillVoteAtiku because I hate people that plagiarize other people’s hard work like the Next Level logo designed & conceptualized by Winthrop University only for Buhari’s campaign team to steal their work and pass it off as their own. I hate thieves.That’s why I will vote Atiku pic.twitter.com/Qy9IBjRs6b
— Matthew Ottah™ (@MatthewOttah) November 20, 2018