Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is set to go back to school for a higher degree in Christian Theology.
The ex-president, whose official age is 76, will on Tuesday formally register as a graduate student at the headquarters of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, in Lagos.
Mr. Obasanjo, who had obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in 2009 from NOUN, will now be working towards earning a doctorate degree, beginning first with a Masters degree.
Confirming his return to school to PREMIUM TIMES, Obasanjo said it was important for him to make some commitments towards achieving his aspirations in life.
“I’m going back to school because I have to have something to aspire to in every endeavour of life”, he said, adding that, “I always aspire to something new in my farm. I do that in my international activities. I do it in my writing. I do it in the improvement of my academic work which helps to sharpen my brain and strengthen my faith”.
When asked how he was going to cope with the rigors of combining his studies with his tight international commitments, the ex-president said he would take advantage of the flexibility of the National Open University’s system.
“Fortunately, the Open University is flexible enough and I will definitely be able to cope. I was able to cope when I did the Post Graduate. I was also busy during the period”, he said.
The National Open University, which is an Open and Distant Learning institution, was first established in 1983 but was suspended by the then military government in 1984. Mr. Obasanjo revived the university in 2001. At present, it has 54 study centres spread across the country and is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers.
It would be recalled that in November 2006, a few months to the end of his eight-year tenure, the then president enrolled for a post graduate diploma in Christian Theology at the university.
He graduated in January 2009.