The National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority in parliament has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of plagiarising his inauguration speech and embarrassing the country in the process.
In a statement issued in Accra on Monday and signed by Deputy Minority Leader James Klutse Avedzi, the NDC said Akufo-Addo failed to publicly acknowledge certain key sources of information in his speech.
The minority said further scrutiny revealed that several paragraphs in the inaugural address contained word for word "liftings" from speeches presented by President John F. Kennedy, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush Jnr. and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minority said it was deeply saddened and outraged by the development, which it said had brought Ghana to shame and subjected the country to intense ridicule.
"This monumental plagiarism scandal which has now assumed international dimensions with major global news networks including CNN, BBC, AlJazeera, Reuters, Washington Post, Metro News, Nairobi News, Vanguard of Nigeria and Yahoo News all casting Ghana in bad light has clearly tarnished the image of Ghana abroad and brought upon this great nation untold embarrassment never witnessed in the aftermath of a Presidential inauguration," it said.
The minority went on to call for the speech to withdrawn and expunged from the parliamentary records, adding that Akufo-Addo would be permitted to submit a more original one.
"...the minority demands that the now infamous plagiarized inaugural address be withdrawn and expunged from Parliamentary records with liberty to resubmit another speech not tainted with fraud and reflecting all attributable sources. The sanctity of Parliament must be respected and preserved," it said.