Hichilema, Zambia’s opposition leader, was on Monday declared the winner of last week’s bitterly contested presidential election.
He defeated the incumbent President Edgar Lungu by a landslide – more than a million votes.
Reacting shortly after the declaration of the result, President Buhari commended Zambians and noted that the prospect of a united, stable, and prosperous Africa lies in the power of the people to freely elect their leaders.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President said the citizens “came out in their numbers to exercise their civic rights, voting candidates of their choice.”
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He also praised the outgoing President Edgar Lungu for accepting the outcome of the elections and a peaceful transfer of power.
While highlighting the close and historic relationship between Nigeria and Zambia, Buhari said he “looks forward to working very closely with the Zambian President-elect for the peace, development, and prosperity of both nations”.