A former federal lawmaker and activist, Shehu Sani
has revealed the exact words of former President
Olusegun Obasanjo when both men were sentenced
to life imprisonment in 1995.
Recall that Obasanjo was arrested and convicted of
being part of a planned coup in 1995, having been
openly critical of the government of military
dictator, Sani Abacha.
He was imprisoned despite protesting his
innocence and there in the prison, Obasanjo was
said to have become a born again Christian.
Also, Sani, a human rights activist was arrested and
jailed by successive past military regimes.
Sani found luck and was released from life
imprisonment when democracy was restored in
Nigeria in 1999.
He went ahead to contest the Kaduna Central
Senatorial District which he won on the platform of
the All Progressive Congress on 28 March 2015
Recalling his days with the former military head of
state who turned 85 years last week, Sani tweeted,
“When the Military Tribunal Judge in Lagos
sentenced Obj to life imprisonment for treason and
sentenced me and Dr Beko to life imprisonment
plus 7 years for treason, Obj turned to me and
asked ‘young man, which one are you going to start
with, the 7 years or the life imprisonment?’”
Sani recalled yesterday that when they were in Kiri
Kiri prison together, no prisoner wanted to serve
Obasanjo because he hardly remains food for the
boys who washed their dishes.