It was an absolute shocker for the listeners of the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday as he spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) held at the Muson Centre,Onikan, Lagos as he spilled out some shocking words about how happy he was when in prison. He said:
“When I was in prison, I had joy. I was always bubbly, teaching and preaching to other prisoners,” Obasanjo dropped.
Recall that Mr. Obasanjo was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1985 after he was convicted for his involvement in the plot to overthrow the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
During the ceremony, he was presented with a bible, regarded as world’s biggest, alongside other BSN patrons which included former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon; former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Chairman, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Elder Felix Ohiwerei.
While delivering the BSN annual lecture titled: “Man in pursuit of happiness,” Mr. Obasanjo narrated some of the ordeal during his prison term;
“When I was in prison, I had joy. I was always bubbly, teaching and preaching to other prisoners. It was because of the joy I had found in God, although it can be said to be abnormal that one is in prison and is happy. I was put in jail, even though I didn’t deserve it.”
Gowon and Shonekan thanked the BSN for appointing them as patrons and urged the society to continue its good work.
The event commenced with a thanksgiving ceremony on February 7, and other activities such as; the launching of new bibles which the General-Secretary of the society, Rev. Dare Ajiboye, revealed that BSN has successfully translated the Bible into 24 local languages.
“They used to be 20 until last year when we added four in Idoma, Igede, Ebira and Bora languages. We almost lost the translation which took us 40 years. What happened was that before it was dedicated last year, we asked the lead translator to come to Lagos for a month to work on the Bible.
“None of our translations have taken less than 38 years and it costs a minimum of N40 million to translate into one language, but it takes a minimum of 12 years to translate in some other countries.”
As pledged earlier, before the beginning of the event, 100,000 free copies of the Bible were giving to those who cannot afford it, which was estimated to cost N50 million.