‘I Wrote 4 Books In Prison’ – Obasanjo Says Abacha Shaped His Life

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, says his incarceration by the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, shaped his life

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, says his incarceration by the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, shaped his life and made him a better leader.

He said this on Saturday, May 19, 2018, while speaking at the maiden edition of ASIS International, ASIS 206 Lagos Annual Leadership Retreat, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

The event was organised by ASIS to find ways of bringing all private security outfits in the country under an umbrella. According to the former President, his prison experience enriched him and it was one of the factors which immensely contributed to his achievements as President.

He said, “My prison experience enriched me. In fact, it contributed to my performance while I was in office. A leader must learn from every situation. “Although, nobody wants to go to prison but I was in prison when I started learning and keeping myself occupied. I wrote four books while I was in prison rather than become a moron and doing nothing.

“But I was sure that the man who kept me in prison will not bring me out and I was as well sure that I will get out of prison. Honestly, the prison experience has enriched my life.”

He restated his support for a move to review the Act setting up the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, to check security threats in the country. Obasanjo’s administration in 2005 transformed the civil defence from a voluntary organisation to a para-military group. He said there was nothing wrong in seeking improvement for the NSCDC, especially in accommodating the private security professionals in the country.

However, he warned that such review should be supported by effective monitoring and control, and it would have to also go through the National Assembly.

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Sambo Dasuki: Spymaster Bags African Award on Crisis Management

A book endorsed and with a written foreword by incarcerated former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Boko Haram Media War: An

A book endorsed and with a written foreword by incarcerated former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Boko Haram Media War: An Encounter with the Spymaster has bagged the SABRE African Award on Issue and Crisis Management.

The book authored by a crisis communicator, Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib centred mostly on crisis communication strategies and counter narrative campaigns against Boko Haram propaganda between 2013 to 2017.

The SABRE Africa Award which is the highest honour for Public Relations practice in the continent and endorsed by African Public Relations Association (APRA) recognises the book for providing insights into the Counter-terrorism Campaign against Boko Haram through well-articulated Strategic Crisis Communication plans during the tenure of Sambo Dasuki under President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The quality of work in Africa is improving year on year,” says Paul Holmes, who served as chair of the judges. “We are seeing exceptional campaigns from across the entire region, with increasingly sophisticated use of digital channels and a more integrated approach.”

The book also dispels falsehoods and corrects erroneous impressions on the operations of security agencies in Nigeria by providing factual and accurate narratives of events and datelines.

Published by Image Merchants Promotion Limited, the publishers of PRNigeria, the book also lists some of accomplishments of previous administration on security issues, especially on the procurements of arms and ammunition and recovery of dozens of towns from Boko Haram during the tenure of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki under President Goodluck Jonathan

The annual SABRE Awards Africa competition stands for Superior Achievement in Branding Reputation & Engagement. Other 27 winners of the year awards, from various countries in the continent, will receive their trophies during the annual Conference of African Public Relations Association (APRA) in Gaborone, Botswana on May 10, 2018

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