President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia has honoured former President Olusegun Obasanjo with the African country’s highest award of the Order of the Eagle.
Hichilema awarded Obasanjo and two former Presidents, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, during a colourful ceremony held on Thursday, in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
According to Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the honours were contained in a government official gazette, which was made available on Wednesday.
In the publication with No 7146, Vol. LVIII, No. 72, the gazette notice No.1067 of 2022 of the Constitution of Zambia notifying the public of the honours, was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Cabinet, P.K Kangwa.
The statement read in part, “The Presidential Honours and Awards (Conferment) Notice, 2022. It is notified for public information that in the exercise of the powers contained in Article 92 (2)(g) of the Constitution of Zambia, the President, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, will, at the Special investiture ceremony to be held on 14th July, 2022, confer Honours and Awards specified in the schedule on the persons named in the schedule.
“The Order of the Eagle of Zambia 1st Div – Olusegun Obasanjo – Nigeria, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson – Liberia, Ernest Bai Koroma – Sierra Leone.”
Commenting on behalf of awardees, Obasanjo said the honour would serve as an encouragement to do more for the continent.
“On behalf of the awardees, I wish to thank you for the honour done us.
“We take this honour as encouragement to do more. Whatever we have done for Africa and for humanity to make you honour us, we assure you we will do more,” he said.