For the first time since the plagiarism scandal hit President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo after his inaugural speech, the first gentleman of the state has reacted to the gaffe albeit on a lighter note.
President Akufo-Addo’s first speech as president brought upon him international embarrassment, when it became evident that aspects of it were riddled with plagiarised quotes from two former US presidents; George Bush and Bill Clinton.
This also caused a conversational turmoil in Ghana with some asking for the head of the speech writer and a formal apology from the president for his mistake.
However, speaking at a thanksgiving service at the Ridge Church in Accra for successfully taking over the administration of Ghana, Akufo-Addo amused the congregation when he appropriately sourced a quote from the Bible and reminded them that he has purged himself of any form of plagiarism.
“I want to refer to the book of Lamentation 3: 25, 26: ‘The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord,’” he read from the Bible.
Akufo-Addo then broke the silence in the church auditorium when he joked, “end of the quote. I have had problems with quotes… so that there is no more confusion.”
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Serving as Ghana’s fifth president, Nana Addo said he is “so proud and deeply humbled” to lead Ghana.
He noted Ghanaians must be proud of themselves after a successful election which paved way for him to assume power, urging everyone to help safeguard the peace being enjoyed in the country.
He was at the church service with his wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo and vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.