Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the first Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award.
Buhari hosted the family of late activist Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) in Abuja where the matriarch of the MLK family, Naomi Barbara King, presented the president with the award.
The president’s personal assistant Lauretta Onochie, shared details of the event on social media, where she wrote alongside photos that “President Muhammadu Buhari won this award because of America’s recognition of his Anti Corruption war, urging him not to be deterred!”
Monday’s award comes on the heels of fresh criticisms of the president by billionaire philanthropist, Bill Gates, who told the press on his visit to the country that “the execution process of the Economic and Recovery Growth plan launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 to restore the country’s economy does not reflect the needs of the people”.
President Buhari, receiving the award, vowed that “his administration will continue to stay true to MLK’s ideals and values”.