A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has appealed to the Zambian government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights principles, in dealing with the opposition in the Southern African country of Zambia.
The appeal is coming on the heels of the report, which broke early on Tuesday that the house of the main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, was allegedly broken into by the Government Police and other Paramilitary Agencies with the purpose of arresting him without any warrant.
Obasanjo, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said it was in the best interest of the country to maintain the rule of law and human rights principles, which are recipes for peace, stability and development not only in the Southern African country, but the entire African continent.
“Early Tuesday, the news broke that the Zambian Government Police and other Paramilitary Agencies broke into the house of the opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, to effect his arrest without any warrant.
“Special appeal is being made to the Government of Zambia to ensure that the rule of law is followed without Bach of human rights in dealing with the opposition leader of the stature of Hakainde Hichilema.
“It is in the best interest of the country in ensuring that the rule of law and human rights principles are followed to ensure peace, stability and security, which are fundamental basis for development, which all Africans require at this point in time”, he stated.
Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described as mischievous a story, which has gone viral on the social media of his purported return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement signed by the media aide to the former president, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president said “those who know me, know that I have publicly announced my quitting partisan politics and those who will believe the purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his or her mother is not a woman”.
The statement adds that the former president was in Abuja on the invitation of the Commodities Association Stakeholders, to the “Zero Hunger Nigeria” event at the Musa Yar’adua Centre.
After the meeting commenced some people walked up to where he was seated and at closer glance, he recognized them to be politicians and they exchanged pleasantries.
“The former President cracked jokes with them calling them invaders and gate crashers.
“Those who know me, know that I have publicly announced my quitting partisan politics and those who will believe the purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his or her mother is not a woman.
“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united, how could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party grasping for breath?” the statement added.
The statement further noted that the former president is calling for an investigation and sanction on anybody involved in spreading this rumour in order to serve as deterrent to others.