Ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria’s oldest citizen to bag PhD

Ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria’s oldest citizen to bag PhD

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo during the convocation

-He just broke the record of being the oldest man to bag a PhD in Nigeria.

-The convocation took place on Saturday last week.

One of the remarkable things former president, Olusegun Obasanjo is known for is the fact that he is the president who was able to lead Nigeria for the greatest duration of 11 years.

He has broken another record as he became the oldest citizen of the nation to bag a PhD in Christian Theology at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Although some people might be tempted to query his decision to go to school as he is already in his 80s, (as in fact, when he started the degree a few years ago, his enrollment in the school left a lot of Nigerians making negative comments about his decision), his achievement has shown that nothing is too late to achieve in life, and age is only a figure, not a barrier.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu bluntly said that even though the former president played a crucial role in granting legal backing to the university while he was still the president, he did not ask for preferential treatment, and neither was he given one.

Then in line with how independent and hardworking the president was while in school, Samalia Mande, the Dean of Postgraduate Studies who supervised his academic works admitted that he strictly followed the rigorous academic process and was able to do his project works without getting recognition or special attention.

She added that he strongly requested to be treated equally like every one else.


Note that the president is also the first PhD graduate of the university, and regardless of the fact that he is an extremely busy man, he still took time to participate fully in the activities that culminated in the convocation.

To prove how humble he is, while the event was unfolding on Saturday last week, instead for him to accept the special seat that was provided for him at the VIP stand, he politely requested to join the thousands of other graduates at the convocation ground.

After the convocation, while interviewed, the president who reiterated the fact that he passed through the system without any recognition or favoritism said although he has received nothing less than 20 honorary degrees from top ranked universities in the world, the one he got from NOUN is with a difference.

He used that opportunity to appreciate all the lecturers and workers in the school as to him, the experiences he gathered in the school has enriched his knowledge and position on the sociopolitical and economical discussions of the region.