Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Monday said his government shares in the ideals espoused by late American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jnr. The president said this during his conferment with the “1st Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award 2018” by the family of the late American civil rights leader. Martin Luther King Jnr family were led to the Nigerian seat of power by its matriarch of the Martin Luther King family, Dr. Naomi Barbara King.
The Kings advised Nigeria to continue to pray for peace and be determined to eradicate corruption if it wanted to be reckoned with globally.
Martin Luther King Jr, born on January 15, 1929, was an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader, and vehemently outspoken about rights abuse in the U.S. from 1954 till his death on April 4 1968. He was (and still is) widely known for his non-violence and civil disobedience tactics employed in his struggle for an egalitarian American society. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 and became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream" speech.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. King was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee, provoking riots in many American cities.