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A website belonging to Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) published a plagiarised manifesto without attribution.
The first paragraph of the power supply section of the next level agenda published on apc.com.ng, which is now under maintenance, showed substantial similarities to content posted on many other websites. As a matter of fact, the section starts with the statement our first priority is keeping America safe and secure,” indicating that it was copied and unedited before it was published.
The APC is famous for plagiarism. In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari had to apologise after it was established that he had lifted paragraphs from a speech once delivered by Barack Obama, former President of the United States, without credit.
Lanre Issa - Onilu, National Publicity Secretary of the APC in a released statement regarding the plagiarised manifesto said that the party’s site had been hacked by “evil doers”.
“Our attention has just been drawn to the fact that the APC’s official website, apc.com.ng has been hacked with unauthorised content posted on our pages. I have instructed that the site be taken down. Steps are underway to clean it up, strengthen the security, and restore it as soon as possible. We won’t allow the desperate people to succeed in their evil plots.” - Lanre Issa - Onilu.
This is not the first time the party will be having problems with its presence online. In April 2018, its twitter account was reportedly sold to someone or hacked, again.
Supporters of the opposition party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on social media have dismissed the idea that someone got unauthorised access to the site of the APC. According to them, the excuse only came in as an afterthought when the party realised they’re plagiarism had been discovered.
Content theft or not, it is clear that the APC needs better management and direction with its online presence