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Lamido Sanusi and the plagiarism allegations (1)

30 April 2012, 11:46 Tolu Ogunlesi

So the Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank (or “Apex Bank” as Nigerians like to call it) is facing allegations of plagiarism, and a lawsuit. Victor Dike, a Nigerian Professor based in the US is accusing Mr. Lamido Sanusi of lifting passages from articles of his, for a number of speeches Sanusi delivered.

It’s a big shame though that none of the media that carried the story did any investigating of their own. All the news reports on the issue read like they were written by a single source. In a news story about alleged serial plagiarism, no paper published more than one allegedly plagiarised quote.

I’d like to assume that Victor Dike had done his homework properly and compiled a comprehensive list of the passages that were allegedly lifted from his work. If he didn’t take the time to do that, shame on him. But if he took the time to do that, why did the papers not focus on that? How does one write a plagiarism story that doesn’t have at its heart the allegedly plagiarised text?

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