Obasanjo Bags Zambia’s Highest Honour
Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday was honoured with the highest award in Zambia, “the Order of the Eagle” by the President of the country, Hakainde Hichilema.
The Nigerian elder statesman was honoured on Thursday in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by the Special Assistant on Media to Obasanjo, Kehinde Akinyemi.
Akinyemi also noted two former Presidents, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone were also honoured with a similar award at the ceremony.
He said, “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 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.”
Akinyemi while reacting on behalf of Obasanjo said the honour would serve as an encouragement to do more for the continent.
He said, “On behalf of the awardees, I wish to thank you for the honour done us.
“We take this honour as an 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.”