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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Nigerian president apologized for plagiarizing Obama's 2008 acceptance speech


Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari apologized today for using a line from President Obama's 2008 acceptance speech in an address that Buhari made on Sept. 8. 

In Buhari's speech, he said, "We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long."

Obama's 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."

That gaff might wind up being a little awkward. Buhari and Obama are scheduled to meet this week in New York.

They are expected to talk about continued U.S. support for security and economic changes in Nigeria, as well the government's efforts to counter the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.


Buhari has vowed to punish the person who is responsible, but maybe he should chill out. This one line isn't quite as bad as another high-profile instance of plagiarism last month...

That said, some online are very unhappy with the president. 

Full Video: Buhari's 'Change begins with me' speech that got Nigerians talking

Here's Buhari's speech. 

What do you think?

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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