Presidential Award Scam: Presidency Explains Why MLK Centre Denied The Award

By Ikenga Chronicles March 31, 2018

Presidential Award Scam: Presidency Explains Why MLK Centre Denied The Award

As controversy over the presentation of a governance award to President Muhammadu Buhari continues to rage, the Nigerian Presidency has come out to explain why the Martin Luther King Centre denied giving the award to President Buhari.

Recall that the MLK Centre had come out to deny giving the award to Buhari, despite claims by the Presidency that the President was given a leadership award in commemoration of his “fight against corruption”, what they said was a “low-key Black History Month in Nigeria”.

According to the Presidency, the MLK centre denied issuing their award due to an “internal fight”in the family. In a statement signed by Abdurrahman Balogun, Special Assistant on Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign And Diaspora,

“…after two days in Nigeria, one of the members apparently granted an interview which was seen as being political, asking Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari a chance to continue his good works especially of fighting corruption in Nigeria.

“As a non political group, he was asked to refute the statement, which he refused to, insisting that was how he felt, and it was his personal opinion, not that of the family nor the centre, of which he is a board member and was the Chief Operating Officer for over five years.

“This may have led to some arguments among them, which they have said they will resolve when they get back to the US, which apparently led to the tweet being circulated.”

Many Nigerians have taken to the Social Media to describe the award as a scam perpetrated against the President by member of his administration, and called for the sack of Abike Dabiri.