How President Buhari paid $3m for ‘fake’ Martin Luther King Jr’s leadership award
In what many Nigerians have critized as an undeserving First Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership award conferred on Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari by Martin Luther King Jr’s family, LeadersNG through a presidency source has learned that the award was handsomely paid for.
According to our presidency source, the award was facilitated by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Foreign Relations & Diaspora through a Ghanaian self acclaimed foreign diplomat, Erieka Bennett.
A quick fact-check on Erieka Bennet revealed that She runs a Non Governmental Organization called, Diaspora African Forum based in Accra, Ghana.
Erieka Bennett calls herself ‘Ambssador At Large’ as she uses her influence to facilitate foreign awards for unsuspecting African leaders.
Erieka Bennett was a former aide to Ghanaian president, John Mahama.
LeadersNG investigations revelaed that Dr. Erieka Bennett was contracted by Abike Dabiri-Erewa to help use her NGO to bring Martin Luther King jr’s family to Nigeria to give President Muhammadu Buhari award.
Dr. Erieka Bennett, LeadersNG learned, contacted someone in King’s family, a distant relative of Martin Luther King called Dr. Naomi Barbara after King Center declined earlier request by Bennett to influence an award for a certain African leader.
The award which was paid for by the Nigerian government as part of the ongoing PR stunt to launder president Buhari’s image was not on official portals that was opened strictly to promote the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther king’s assassination.
Our Presidency source said, Buhari only got to know about the award on the day of confirnment as he had no pre-knowledge of what Dabiri-Erewa was up to.
However, LeadersNG further learned that $3m was paid for the fake Martin Luther King Jr’s award that was conferred on Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.
You would recall that a pro-democracy group, Concerned Nigerians had earlier condemned the award given to president Muhammadu Buhari.
The group in its statement berated the King’s family for awarding Nigerian president a leadership award as it negates the ideals and principles of what America’s foremost civil rights activist stood and died for.
The $3m according to our source, was provided by APC Board of Trustees member, Alhaji Nasir Dano.
The King Centre had through their official Twitter account denied awarding President Muhammadu Buhari.
The centre says “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.
Martin Luther King Jr’s family has been criticized by a pro-democracy group in Nigeria, Concerned Nigerians, for giving leadership award to President Muhammau Buhari.
The group contended that Buhari does not deserve such an award. According to the group, America’s foremost Civil rights activist stood and died for justice, but the actions and inactions of Buhari since he was sworn in as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria negates the ideals and principles Marthin Luther King Jr upheld.
Theophilus Abu Agada, National Publicity Secretary of the group said, under the current administration, the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife have been illegally detained for over 800 days against a valid court order that says they should be released unconditionally.
“Many today in Nigeria are in political servitude because they do not belong to President Buhari’s political party”, he said in a statement.
“Marthin Luther King Jr had a dream, a dream where his four little children Would live in a nation that they will not be Judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
“However, in our country Nigeria, the man that is being honored with Marthin Luther King jr’s legacy of equality and justice is known to be a despotic, tribalistic and nepotistic leader who has refused to adhere to the principles of federal character that allows equal opportunity for all.
“The president sees people from other region and ethnic nationalities as lesser beings that must not be given an opportunity to serve in some sensitive positions of government.
“He categorized citizens from Southern Nigeria as 5% people that must not enjoy what people from his 97% region who overwhelmingly voted for him should enjoy.
“Minority Christians in the North have suffered so many losses, with the president abetting and pampering the perpetrators of the genocide that is ongoing in the North-Central region and Southern part of Kaduna state.
“We condemn in its entirety, this prestigious award that was conferred on the president.
“He doesn’t deserve the award and as such, we are calling on the family of Marthin Luther King Jr not to compromise the legacy of Rev. Luther by giving award to people that are undeserving”.
National Embarrassment: Children of Martin Luther King deny giving Award to Buhari
THE King Center has denied that it gave an award to President Muhammadu Buhari which was much publicised on Tuesday, March 27. The centre also said that Late Martin Luther King’s children were also not involved in the award ceremony.
The denial came on the heels of an award by visitors purportedly from the family of late African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave to Buhari in Abuja.
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”
Those who gave the award are related to the late civil rights activists, but they are not his direct descendants. Kings' Family completely distanced themselves from the said award.
In a tweet from AsoVilla 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”
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