General Sani Abacha’s military government sentenced Obasanjo to 30 years in prison on coup charges. But due to the sudden death of Abacha, Obasanjo spent just 3 years in prison.
His lucky 3-year jail term was served in prisons in Yola and Lagos (Kirikiri).
Obasanjo’s stay in Yola prison coincided with the time the military government banned pastors from visiting prisons because some pastors helped prisoners escape.
With government restriction on evangelism by pastors from outside the prison, Obasanjo became a prisoner pastor. He organized prison fellowships and preached to prisoners every week.
This was how he met a hardened criminal and armed robber named Baba Ali, who was a well-known notoriously merciless a.rmed r.obber in several parts of northern Nigeria.
Baba Ali was converted.
2 years after he left prison and became the President, Baba Ali was released from the prison as a born again Christian. He linked up with Obasanjo in Aso Rock and Obasanjo enrolled him in a seminary to become a pastor.
After Bible school, Baba Ali became a pastor in a Baptist denomination and also converted his own younger brother.
Credit: Apotheosis of knowledge