Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday disclosed that earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Theology from the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, gives him a different sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
Dr. Obasanjo was among the 14, 769 graduands at the open university’s 7th convocation ceremony in Abuja yesterday.
The ex-President by his academic success became the first PhD product of NOUN as well as the oldest PhD graduate in Nigeria.
In his remarks during the convocation, Obasanjo expressed delight for being awarded doctorate degree and described NOUN, which was founded during his tenure as a democratically elected President, as one of the best institutions of learning in Africa.
The former president explained that he had many honorary degrees received from some of the best universities all over the world 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 privilege 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 grail and the crucible of research for my doctoral work.
“I could not have had better supervisors; they were firm, strict but meticulous and tortuous”, Dr. Obasanjo said.
He thanked the staff and management of NOUN and congratulated fellow graduands