OBASANJO ENROLS FOR MASTER AND PhD PROGRAMMES

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Ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday enrolled at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for both Master and PhD programmes.

The 77-year-old, registered to study Christian Theology in the School of Arts and Social Sciences of the university.

The former president was among students, who graduated at the institution’s first convocation ceremony in January 2009.

The Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, said admission and registration in universities were not marked by special ceremonies but that Obasanjo’s was a special case.

“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,” he said.

In his acceptance speech, Obasanjo challenged Nigerian youths and the other citizens to put more efforts in their bid to seek knowledge.

Obasanjo said that acquisition of knowledge at any age remained critical to personal and national development and transformation.

“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,” he said.

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