The leadership of the house of representatives, during a solidarity visit to Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu, has described going to prison as an honor for politicians.
Orji Uzor Kalu was recently released from the Nigeria Correctional Centre in Kuje, Abuja, and the House of Reps has sympathized with him.
During the visit, the speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila was represented by deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase, who said the leadership of the House was in Kalu’s home to sympathize with him over his incarceration.
Ahmed Idris Wase urged the former Governor of Abia state to see his incarceration as a “badge of honor” and also put everything before God. He said;
“We are here to sympathize with you on what happened and your incarceration. As a politician, I want you to take it as one of those things.“First, we congratulate you and urge you to put everything before God and believe it is part of destiny. My leader, the late Chief Solomon Lar, told me not to fear, as a politician, to go to prison.
“He told me that going to prison is a badge of honor. If you are a good politician, you should be willing to taste prison experience because it will come to you in very many dimensions.
“That happened to us sometime in the past when we were being chased and humiliated, and he asked us to be resolute and face the issues as they were. He reminded us of how he was sentenced to over 90 to 150 years in prison. He told us that as leaders, there is always a judgment that could be passed.
“As our leader, we want you to appreciate what God has done for you; use it for the positive development of our country’s judicial system; use it in the interest of humanity.”