By Emmanuel Aziken
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has pledged to lead the fight against injustice in the country following the nullification of his prison sentence.
In his first statement following his freedom the former governor of Abia State said his prison pathway is a lesson for Nigeria and its citizens to follow in learning the virtues of patience and persistence even in the face of injustice.
Orji Kalu was sentenced by Justice Mohammed Idris to 12 years in jail following allegations of a N7.6 billion fraud allegedly committed while in office as governor.
Kalu who is set to bounce back as the Senate Chief Whip in the statement said:
Today, the Supreme Court of Nigeria gave a judgment in my favor, quashing the conviction which the lower court had entered against me. By today’s judgment, the Apex court of our dear country affirmed my right to fair hearing and equal protection of the law.
The past five months have been quite a profound period for me. As challenging as that period has been, it has provided me an opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about our country, our peoples, our justice system and the true meaning of love. I mean love for family, love for our country and love for humanity.
I want to use this moment to thank my family, my colleagues, my friends, my supporters, the people of Abia State, and all Nigerians for their unflinching and unwavering confidence and trust in me through the very testing period. We all know today that their prayers have not been in vain. I also use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Nigerian Correctional Service for the unalloyed professionalism and sincere humanity extended to me by its staff while I was in their custody.