That phrase or sentence came from Christian Lindke and even before he published his book “Citizens, Not Spectators, A Democracy in Action Civic Education Curriculum for High School Students” which had that re-phrase sentence “…I ask you to be citizens: Citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character…”, it was made known by Wilson Woodrow the 28th President of the US (1913 to 1921), in a book by By John Milton Cooper, Jr Who made it known in Biography of the American President, Published by Knopf Doubleday.
With this background details, I think its George Bush Jnr the 46th President of the US, who needed to be held for plagiarism when that what made. But, in a state of the nation address or speeches, the speech book contains some reference, which will have these names as a background quotes. But, not included in the main speech being delivered for time factor and other reasons. There is absolutely nothing wrong, When Obama uses phrases of Martin Luther King Jnr in state speeches and address.
Nana Addo used those phrases and short sentences because, it sends a message out there… that doesn’t mean he copied a who speech, if he had, then we could sound the plagiarism alarm, when the reference is not made. And when there are other quotes and phrases from other authors, that is research not plagiarism.
Hasty and thirsty for faults, which aren’t. I guess there were other quotes or phrases which were used. This is not plagiarism but a research. Get the full handouts and check the reference for the speech.
its been a stressful day!
By:Manasseh Azure Awuni