Friday, September 18, 2020

Busted!!! Nigeria@60 Independence logo was copied from a Russian company

The Nigeria @ 60 logo unveiled earlier this week by President Muhammad Buhari was copied from a Russian diamond mining company. 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday 16th of September 2020, unveiled the Nigeria@60 logo and theme for the country’s Diamond Jubilee celebration on October 1st.

It was later discovered that the logo was first used by a Russian diamond mining company, Alrosa, in 2017.

The logo was published on Forbes edition of August 3, 2017 with the headline: “Russian Mining Giant Unveils 51-Carat ‘Dynasty’ Diamond.”

It is not clear if the Nigerian government got permission from Alrosa to us this picture. This is not the first time the Nigerian government under President Buhari will be accused of unwholesome copying.

In September 2016, a part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Change Begins With Me” speech, delivered at the launching of a social initiative against corruption and other vices, was copied from former American president Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech.

“It was observed that the similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 victory speech…are too close to be passed as coincidence,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement, adding that an unnamed “overzealous” speechwriter responsible for the plagiarism will face “appropriate sanction”.

In January 2019, a website belonging to Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress published a plagiarised manifesto on its website.

But the party’s spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu said the website was hacked by people who have “evil plots”.

The first paragraph of the power supply section of the party’s Next Level agenda published on showed remarkable similarities to the content published on several other websites.