President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to reports he plagiarized American President Barack Obama's speech in his "Change Begins With Me" address.

In a statement released by Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu, the Presidency "observed that the similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech and what the President read in paragraph nine of the sixteen-paragraph while inaugurating the “Change begins with me” are too close to be passed as coincidence.

According to the statement, there was a mistake by an overzealous administration staff and we regret that this has happened.

"A Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraphs even when a query to him was being typed.

"This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate punishment meted.

"The Presidency, once again regrets this unfortunate incident. Measures have been put in place to ensure that this does not happen again.

"President Muhammadu Buhari admonished Nigerians to move past incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems.

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