Obasanjo goes back to school, registers for a PhD at the Open University

former president Olusegun Obasanjo

The former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

The former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, 77, formally registered to study Christian Theology in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Chief Obasanjo, who graduated at the institution’s first convocation ceremony in January 2009, has enrolled for a Master of Arts (MA) and PhD degrees.

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The Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, explaining why the university is having special ceremonies to mark Obasanjo’s admission and registration into the university, said: “When special people are involved, when passionate, sensitive and exemplary leaders whose leadership styles are people-oriented, committed and selfless in words and action are involved, then special attention and little celebration is in order.”

Obasanjo noted that acquiring knowledge at any age is a critical factor for personal and national development and transformation. He said: “Some years ago, when I decided to register as a student of NOUN, I did it for a number of reasons. Primary, to acquire knowledge, particularly in Christian Theology, not because I want to be a pastor but rather, to know God more and be able to serve Him better.

“Secondly, I wanted to make a statement that no matter one’s age or position, there should be no barrier to continuous learning.

“Thirdly, I wanted to showcase this university, knowing full well that this country will at no foreseeable future be able to provide adequate access to millions of Nigerians who are yearning for knowledge.”

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