The Family of Late Martin Luther King Jnr, has denied giving President Muhammadu Buhari any merit award on Tuesday, 27 March.
The family debunked giving the award via its official twitter handle on Thursday.
On its official tweeter handle, @TheKingCenter, the official living memorial to #MLK, founded by #CorettaScottKing to educate on nonviolence and build the #BelovedCommunity. #Nonviolence365™. #Atlanta, it 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”.
Reacting to the development, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora on Thursday said that the award was given by Naomi in a personal capacity and not on behalf of The King Centre.
In the statement made available to newsmen on Thursday Dabiri’s spokesman, Abdulrahman Balogun, said: “The members, led by the matriarch of MLK, Naomi Barbara King, were in Nigeria as part of the activities initiated to celebrate a low- key Black History Month in Nigeria as part of deepening partnership between Africa and its Diaspora.
“As part of the activities, they visited President Muhammadu Buhari and gave him a commemorative plaque for his fight against corruption and what they termed from the “Africania Diaspora” a term for Africans in Diaspora for which the oldest of them all Naomi.
“Barbara King was selected to present on behalf of the family (NOT MLK CENTER) as a sign of appreciation to the Nigerian President.”
Recall that Presidency on Tuesday disclosed that President Buhari received the family of the late African American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King (Jr), at the State House, Abuja and was also conferred with the 1st Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award 2018.