How Germany fought for my release from Abacha’s jail — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit:]
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit:]

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday recalled how Germany worked the diplomatic channel to press for his release from jail under the military regime of late Sani Abacha.

Mr. Obasanjo was speaking at the 40th anniversary of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German Non-Governmental Organisation in Nigeria, held at Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre in Abuja.

Mr. Obasanjo said the body was among those that fought for his freedom, recalling how it bestowed on him a Human Right award received on his behalf by his late wife, Stella.

“’I was arrested, put in jail. I would have rotten away, but Friedrich Ebert Stiftung embarked on vigorous campaign towards my release. For me and my family, we shall remain grateful to them,” Mr. Obasanjo stated.

The former president, who was the chairman of the event, said the relationship between Germany and Nigeria had come a long way and has continued to grow‎.

“Nigeria and Germany’s relationship has come a long way. It has gone well in the interest of both countries. Nigeria feels good with the relationship with Germany,” he said.


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  • Du Covenant

    Unfortunately our elected officials refuse to learn the good ways of behaving like their German counterparts.

  • Rommel

    And in all the years of this relationship,what have Nigerians learnt?

    • MammanJiyaVatsa

      Absolutely Nothing !

    • Wale

      Well they gave “unholy Wahala” residency in their obodo.

  • Intrepid

    You might not be third time lucky. Now that you have become a CIA agent. No matter all these endless physical visits to Buhari, Wikileaks still got a mole in Aso Rock. Cruel and dirty old man, leave Nigeria alone!

  • Es3

    Now, with the benefit of hindsight, can Nigerians truly thank Germany for fighting for your release???

    • Julius

      Really ?

      • Es3

        Yes, of a truth and for real!

        No matter the amount pf pretense against the truth, the truth always remains in unfazed!

  • Felix Udoh

    I wish Abacha had done the needful.

    • Whalerolex

      Exactly what was on my mind

      • D Oladapo

        Ojukwu could have been sent to jail when he returned to Nigeria for crime against humanity. That should have be in your mind too

        • Whalerolex

          Must you go tribal? I dont respond to comments like yours.
          Mind you am ogidi yoruba.

          • D Oladapo

            For your information, I am responding to what people wrote

          • Whalerolex

            I responded to your reply to my comment.

    • D Oladapo

      I am certainly believe you have the fear of God in the centre of your heart?

    • Wale

      Without OBJ, Abacha and co. would have reduced the number of Igbo population the minimum; you wont be here today calling for the “needful” the second time, because that was the first needful. At least to Abacha.
      What you’re suggesting here go way back before now. Your parents lied to you about what really happened.

      • Felix Udoh

        In your stupidity every one you meet online is an Igbo man.

        • Wale

          A-hole what’s the difference in Udoh and Udoma?
          Monkey banana.

          • Felix Udoh

            Clearly we know who looks more like the Ota Ape. We know you have cotton wool stuffed in that space between your ears so you wouldn’t know who is igbo.

          • Wale

            Ok you won.
            good nite.