Nigeria’s Senate Chief Whip Uzor Kalu has been stewing since his release from the Kuje Prison following a Supreme Court ruling.
The apex court set aside the appeal court judgement that first convicted the Abia former governor of embezzling billions, and then sent him up for 10 years at Kuje –a term he was all too willing to serve out.
He believes that is his destiny.
“I want to go to jail,” Kalu said recently in Abia while campaigning for his younger brother seeking a Senate seat.
“Obasanjo went to jail; Mandela went to jail; Buhari went to jail. All of them became presidents.”
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has violently extricated him from his fate, especially his presidential ambition.
“People were already as sure as hell I would be president from prison in 2023. So my enemies made going to prison difficult, and my life’s mission impossible,” he said.
He regretted his return to prison in fulfilment of his destiny has become very unlikely, thus dealing a blow to the push for an Igbo presidency in 2023.