Nigeria’s ex President and the greatest African man alive now (based on
his wealth of experience and input into Pan-Africanism), Oluesegun Aremu Obasanjo reveals that he learnt the arts and acts of fraud whilst in prison.
Fraud is popular known in Nigeria as ‘419’ – a derivative from the penal code that deals with that specific act of fraud.
In 1995, a military tribunal sentenced 40 people, including Obansanjo to 30 years in prison, for plotting to topple late Gen. Sani Abacha’s government. The former president was released in 1998.
In an interview with New Telegraph, Obasanjo said while in prison, he called those involved in the fraudulent act to teach him the crafts of their ‘trade’
His quest to was borne out of his inclination to learn from every situation he finds himself.
“Like I have told you, I learn in every situation. Even in prison, I called the 419 boys to come and teach me their tactics, just to learn. I think I love Nigeria and humanity and my experience has shown me what is possible,” he said.
Nigeria’s President from 1999to 2007 clarified that his action towards others who have governed the country should not be described as confrontational.
He argued that he only voices against the vices in the country, an obligation he owes to God. He believes he will be punished by God if he refuses to say the truth.
“I won’t call it confrontation; I won’t call it taking on. Again, I will thank God for the perspective He has given me and as I have said to you now”
Obasanjo says there is no-one (in Nigeria) who’d had the kind of outreach and the type of experience he’d had.
In his usual spiritual manner, he said: “I thank God that the prison was not the end of my life. I thank those Nigerians and my international friends who stood by me and I came out.
He asked rhetorically that what would e gain if fails to speak the truth on pertinent matters in the society.