FORMER Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has received Zambia‘s highest award, the Order of the Eagle.
Obasanjo received the award from Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema at a ceremony in Lusaka, the country’s capital, on Thursday.
Two other former Presidents, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, were also presented with the Order of the Eagle at the colourful ceremony.
President Hichilema said the former Heads of State were honoured for their contribution to the growth of democracy.
He said the three leaders have distinguished themselves in their own countries, on the African Continent and beyond, by their unrelenting efforts to establish and promote democracy and good governance, as a precursor to improving the livelihoods of their people and other Africans.
Special Assistant on Media to the former Nigerian President Kehinde Akinyemi disclosed that the honours were also contained in a government official gazette signed by the Acting Secretary of the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa.
Akinyemi said Obasanjo who spoke on behalf of the awardees, said the honour would serve as an encouragement to do more for the continent.
“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, ” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.