By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, congratulated the newly elected President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema after his victory in the general election at the weekend.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Monday, Obasanjo commended the people of the country for keeping democracy alive, noting that the reports reaching him of the election was satisfactory.
He congratulated the new President, even as he urged that Hichilema should be magnanimous in victory.
He said: “I want to congratulate the newly elected President, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema for his victory and also I want to congratulate the outgoing President, Edgar Lungu for working hard to maintain the tenets of democracy by conceding when result is cleared that Hichilema won.
“I also congratulate the people of Zambia for keeping democracy alive. I appeal to the new President to be magnanimous in victory and the people of Zambia should maintain the dignity and peace which we are all noted for in Africa.
“Zambia must break the circle of previous President being disgraced, by inhumanly treated by succeeding President.”