Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that his saddest day on earth was when he “sat in front of a military panel set up by late former Head of State, Sani Abacha to try” him over a coup against the dictator (Abacha).
The former President made this known on Tuesday while leading a morning devotion to mark Valentine’s Day at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said: “My saddest day was when I sat in front of a military panel set up by late former Head of State, Sani Abacha to try me over a phantom coup, and sentenced to death and later commuted to 30 years imprisonment. God has always been giving me immense favour beyond my own expectations and what I deserve from Him. And I used to tell people that God has been partial to me from childhood”.
Obasanjo was tried by the tribunal alongside his former deputy, Shehu Yar’Adua who died in 1997 while serving his jail sentence.
Obasanjo was evetually released after Abacha died in 1998. After his release, he was elected the President of Nigeria.
Obasanjo further stated that: “I was born in a village and anybody born in that village would have concluded that the popularity of those born there would not go beyond the next village. My parents were complete illiterates”.