Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, registered for a master of arts (MA) and PhD degrees in Christian Theology at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), according to The Cable.
The former president, who was one of the pioneer graduates of the institution in 2009 was welcomed back to the institution by the vice-chancellor, professor Vincent Tenebe who said although ceremonies were never held for admissions and registration of students, Obasanjo’s case was special.
Tenebe said: “When special people are involved, when passionate, sensitive and exemplary leaders whose leadership styles are people oriented, committed, selfless in words and action are involved, then special attention and little celebration is in order.”
He further heaped praise on the former leader for his quest for knowledge regardless of his age, hailing him for hi contribution to the development of NOUN, adding that the inauguration of the “corruption and anti-money laundering center’ was in honour of Obasanjo.
On his part, Obasanjo said there’s no age limit to the quest for knowledge, pleading with the authorities of the university not to give him any preferential treatment.
He added that his choice of Christian Theology was not because he wanted to be a clergy, but because he wanted to know and serve God better, praising NOUN and its achievements so far.
Obasanjo further urged Nigerians to embrace NOUN as a viable alternative to conventional universities, urging the alumni of the university to continue supporting him.