Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian president on Monday declared that he was happy during his incarceration in Yola prison. Obasanjo was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1995 after he was convicted for his involvement in the plot to overthrow the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
He spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Bible Society of Nigeria held at the Muson Centre,Onikan, Lagos.
He presented a bible, regarded as world’s biggest, alongside other BSN patrons which included former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon; former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Chairman, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Elder Felix Ohiwerei.
Delivering the BSN’s annual lecture titled: “Man in pursuit of happiness,” Obasanjo said, “When I was in prison, I had joy. I was always bubbly, teaching and preaching to other prisoners.
“It was because of the joy I had found in God, although it can be said to be abnormal that one is in prison and is happy.”
“I was put in jail, even though I didn’t deserve it.”
Gowon and Shonekan thanked the BSN for appointing them as patrons and urged the society to continue its good work.