Since the release of the Senate Chief whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, from prison just last week, following the declaration of the Supreme Court, various politicians and political allies have paid the senator a solidarity visit.
The most recent was today by members of the House of Representatives.
Recall that Kalu was expected to face a 12 year jail term for fraud, money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and was jailed in December as declared by the Federal High Court in Lagos, but the supreme court nullified his conviction and ordered a fresh trial.
The House of Representatives, led by its principal, Idris Wase, the deputy speaker, told Kalu at his Abuja residence on yesterday that they had come to sympathise with him on his experience in prison.
Wase told Kalu that he should see such experience as a badge of honour for politicians
“We are here to sympathise with you on what happened and your incarceration. As a politician, I want you to take it as one of those things,” he said.
“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 honour. 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 judgement that could be passed.
He appreciated God for what he did for Kalu and how he used it for the positive development of the country’s judicial system.