The Federal Government has been accused of stealing the ‘Change Begins With Me’ idea from drama skits ‘Not In My Country’ initiative by a senior lawyer at the Afe Babalola Chambers, Adebayo Adenipekun and creative artist and former head of communications at Airtel Nigeria, Akin Fadeyi.
This is coming up weeks after it was found that the speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari at the launch of the campaign was plagiarised from President Barack Obama’s victory speech after he won the polls that brought him into office.
In reaction to the claims, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, October 6, 2016 refuted that the Federal Government’s national re-orientation campaign was a copyright version of the ‘Not In My Country’ drama skits.
Mohammed’s reaction came barely seven days after Adenipekun wrote to the President, alleging that the initiative launched to bring attitudinal change in the country, originated from him and was taken from his project: ‘Not In My Country.’
In his reaction, Mohammed explained that the idea behind the national re-orientation was designed and completed two months before he met Mr. Akin Fadeyi.
He said: “I was nominated in October and the moment I was nominated, I called my team and I told them that the most important thing was to change the attitude of Nigerians. I am happy that the agencies that worked on the idea are here today.
“We started working on the initiative immediately and on 14 October, 2015 when I was confirmed as a minister, I had completed work on the initiative. I made available to the media, incontrovertible evidence that by October 14th, 2015, I had completed work on the initiative.
“On 31 October, 2015, I had completed the radio jingles and television commercials. After we had completed work on the programme, Mr. Akin Fadeyi came to me on December 30th, 2015.
“So, how can one accuse me of stealing an idea which was completed by October last year? The person, who claimed that I stole his idea came to me in December. Mr. Akin Fadeyi, Afe Babalola and I will meet in court.”
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