President Buhari who yesterday launched his 2019 presidential campaign which he titled ‘Next Level’, has been accused of stealing ‘Next Level’ logo from Rex Institute.
President Buhari had argued that “the past few years have put us in good stead to trudge on the Next Level of building an even stronger nation for our people”. However while Nigerians are divided on his re-election campaign, the ‘Next level’ logo, which has a striking feature with that of Rex Institute which is the creative elongation of the ‘x’ in ‘next’ in a manner as to give the pass mark to a candidate, has earned the Nigerian President call out posts on social media.
The ‘Next level’ plan is a project of the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network in collaboration with Fort Mill School District (York 4), Lancaster County School District, and Rock Hill School District (York 3). It is a Professional Development Program grant funded by the US Department of Education and administered through the Office of English Learner Aquisition (OELA), PR/Award # T365Z160278.
It should however be noted that this is not the first time Buhari and his handlers have been enmeshed in a plagiarism scandal. In September 2016, his ‘Change Begins With Me’ speech contained several sentences that were identical to some in Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech.
Reno Omokri who reacted to the brewing ‘Next level’ scandal, wrote;
Not only do they plagiarise speeches (‘I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody’),
@MBuhari and @OfficialAPCNg are so intellectually lazy & empty that they plagiarised #NextLevel from The Rex Institute. Can such people take you to any level? Follow @Atiku. The man with the plan!
@MBuhari called Nigerian youths lazy. Who is lazy between Nigerian youths who created Nollywood and a President with no plans for the future that stole #NextLevel from Associate Professor Kelly Costner? I call on #LazyNigerianYouths to retweet #LazyNigerianPresident