Following the much publicised event of Tuesday, March 27, where President Muhammadu Buhari was given an award in Abuja by visitors purportedly from the family of late African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The King Center has issued a statement denying that the award was issued by them or the children of MLK Jr.
According to the King Centre, founded by Corretta Scott King has denied its association with an award purportedly given to Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari. The Centre in a tweet, distanced itself from the award given to Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari allegedly on its behalf on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The official Twitter handle of The King Center said: “The award given to President Buhari of Nigeria was not given by The King Center, at the request of The King Center or by the children of #MLK and #CorettaScottKing. @MrFixNigeria”
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) March 28, 2018
Those who gave the award are related to the late civil rights activists, but they are not his direct descendants. One of the guests is reportedly King’s brother’s wife and another a nephew as reported in the Daily Sun on Tuesday.
In a tweet shortly after the award was given, The Presidency tweeted: “President @MBuhari today at the State House received Martin Luther King Jnr’s family. He was also conferred with the 1st Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award 2018. #AsoVillaToday”
As at press time, The Presidency has not reacted to the development. However,several Nigerian have also reacted to the Fake Award presented to the presidency
Kayode Ogundamisi, a popular social activist and political commentator who campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari as a presidential candidate in 2015 has taken to twitter to mock the president for allegedly falling for a scam MLK leadership award.
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) March 29, 2018
Our president is not aware he personally received the fake award, Jonathan foisted the award on Buhari to embarrass his incorruptible govt, I can assure you that the president will set up a technical committee to investigate the $3m MLK award scam.
— Tyrano Tsunami (@SledgeEmcee) March 29, 2018
If any of you have any https://t.co/snDh8U1NEX will know it is not Buhari they embarrassed but the whole of Nigeria.
— THIS IS BASHIR (@bashow) March 29, 2018