Martin Luther King's centre denies Nigeria's Buhari after award presentation

King's Centre said neither its founder nor other children of the late American civil rights activist knew anything about the award presented to Buhari.

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 Nigerian Television Authority had reported that Martin Luther King's nephew presented the award to Buhari on behalf of the centre.

The nephew was quoted to have said Nigerians should give Buhari time, because he is one of the most legitimate leaders that the African continent has produced.

The Nigerian Presidency had earlier said that Buhari “was conferred with the 1st Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award 2018” by the visiting Martin Luther King Jnr’s family.

The Centre is the only recognised official memorial of Martin Luther king Jr. and it said neither its founder nor other children of the late American civil rights activist knew anything about the award presented to Buhari.

“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,” the King Centre said on Twitter on Wednesday night, March 28, 2018.

Neither the presidency nor SSA to the President on Foreign Relations & Diaspora, Abike Dabiri has reacted to the denial.

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