Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has spoken of his experience in prison.
He made the revelation when he delivered a lecture at the AIG-Blavatnik school of he government, University of Oxford, UK.
Obasanjo was sent to jail after the Sani Abacha regime accused him of plotting a phantom coup.
His words: “Prison experience was a good school for leadership training and preparation for high political office.
”The three years, three months and three days, I spent in jail following a phantom coup were spent reflecting on how to serve God and humanity
“It was an isolation, but meditative and reflective, if not very interactive experience. It gave me the opportunity to read, to pray and to think.
”And it positioned me to be in a good state of mind when I became the president of Nigeria. It was a sort of silent contemplation. Silence has its usefulness, power and its reward.
“Although, I will not recommend prison as an ideal place for leadership preparation, but if it has to be then one must make very good use of it. I have made the point on a number of occasions that my prison experience was sad but beneficial.”