The Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria ( NOUN) Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said 14, 769 students across all disciplines marked the largest number of students ever graduated by the institution.
|Obasanjo while addressing audience during the convocation.
He stated this during the convocation of the university on Saturday.
Adamu said that the greatest pride of the event was the graduation of Obasanjo as NOUN’s first PhD student.
“His successful completion of a rigorous course of study and going through the numerous examination processes leading to PhD in Christian Theology and its confirmation by the University Senate in January is his most powerful statement about lifelong education.
“His patience and perseverance in pursuing a doctorate degree programme at his age and status in life is a roadmap to all of us.
“It clearly communicates three credos: you are never too old to learn; you are never too powerful to learn and you are never too full of learning
“Obasanjo embodies all these and therefore becomes the poster boy of education renaissance. Nigeria congratulates the oldest PhD graduating student in its history,’’ he said.
On his part, NOUN’s Chancellor, Dr Lawrence Agubuzu, said that Obasanjo had made a giant stride.
The traditional ruler said that Obasanjo had proven to be an all-round model to every citizen of Nigeria.
“Whoever needs a lesson on lifelong learning should simply study the trajectory of Obasanjo’s education.
In his remark, Obasanjo expressed delight in being awarded doctorate degree by NOUN.
He described NOUN as one of the best institutions of learning in Africa.
The former president said that he had many honorary degrees but none was as fulfilling as bagging a doctorate degree from NOUN.
“I feel a different sense of joy today from when I receive honorary degrees; at last count, I have received about 20 honorary degrees from top grade universities all over the world.
“The earned doctorate degree I receive today comes with a different sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
“My studentship of NOUN confirmed that via the ODL platform, there is no age limit, no status barrier, no social lineage.’’
He said that during his student’s days at NOUN, he requested that he should not be given any special privileged because he wanted to go through it as other students.
“I went through the rigours and discipline of post graduate studies like any other post graduate student.
“I thank my supervisors for giving me the opportunity of going through the crucible of research for my doctoral work.
“I could not have had better supervisors; they were firm, strict but meticulous and tortuous,’’ he said.
He thanked the staff and management of NOUN and congratulated fellow graduands.