Following the much publized event of Tuesday, March 27, where President Muhammadu Buhari was given an award in Abuja by visitors purportedly from the family 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 family of MLK Jr.
In a tweet late Wednesday night, 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
The Tweet was tagged to Ohimai Godwin Amaize, the publisher of online news source @thesignalng.
Though the representatives who gave the award are related, they appear not to be direct descendants of the late Dr. King. One of the guests is reportedly King’s brother’s wife and another a nephew as reported on Tuesday.
There is no comment yet from The Presidency on this development.