Politicians and civil servants in the country need to go to prison to learn and change the perspective they have about life, says Senator Orji Kalu.
“I lost nothing,” Mr Kalu said of his experience in prison. “I went there to learn, it was a learning institution, and every politician and every civil servant needs to go there and learn; they will have another perspective of life.”
The lawmaker representing Abia North at the Senate stated this on Channels TV on Friday while speaking on corruption allegations against him.
Mr Kalu alleged that a former president whom he refused to name was among those responsible for his ordeal which he described as a blessing.
A Federal High Court in Lagos had sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment in a judgement delivered in December 2019.
But the judgment was later nullified by a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict in May 2020.
“The average Nigerian knows that I have committed no offence,” he claimed, explaining that, “There were 19 witnesses in court, and nobody mentioned my name, and somebody paid somebody to put me in jail for six months, and I thank God I went.
“It was a glorious thing; that is the best thing God has ever done to me, to be able to put me in the lowest end of the world. Mind you, I was meant to be in Wuhan on December 9, 2019, and the people put me in jail on December 5; it is to the glory of God.
“They put me in prison to the glory of God and Nigerian people should thank them because I am better off today being there.”