By John Ikani
President Hakainde Hichilema on Thursday conferred Zambia’s highest national honor – ‘The Order of The Eagle of Zambia’ 1st Division – on former President of Liberia Sirleaf Johnson, former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and former President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma.
According to a Government Gazette No.1067 of 2022 signed by the Acting Secretary of the Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, Hichilema held a special investiture ceremony to honour the three former leaders.
Hichilema who praised the trio for distinguishing themselves in their countries, in Africa, and globally, also commended the recipients “for their unrelenting efforts to establish and promote democracy and good governance, as a precursor to improving livelihoods of their people and other Africans”.
Reacting on behalf of awardees, Obasanjo said the honour would serve as 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.”