A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday bagged the award of Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD) in Christian Theology from the National Open University (NOUN).
This was after a 163-minute defence of his thesis before a six-member panel was awarded the degree at the Abeokuta Campus of the university.
He was a student at the Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts of the institution with matriculation number NOUN 146058901.
EduCeleb.com recalls that Obasanjo had in January, 2016 bagged a master’s degree in Theology at the fifth convocation of NOUN and was asked to proceed for a PhD after making a good academic standing.
The panellists at his PhD defence included Professors Deji Ayegboyin (Major Supervisor), Mustapha Adejoro, (Head of Department, Religious Studies, NOUN), Nebath Tanglang (School of Postgraduate Studies), Samaila Mande (Dean, Postgraduate School), Godwin Akper (Internal Supervisor and Dean, Faculty of Arts) and Cletus Gotan (External Supervisor).
Obasanjo’s PhD Thesis is titled: “Resolving the Unfinished Agenda in Liberation Theology: Leadership, Poverty and Underdevelopment in North Eastern Nigeria.”
The former president submitted the thesis to his department as part of the requirements for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Theology.
Dr Mande, who chaired the panel, while justifying the award, said Mr. Obasanjo had put in “enough study” and “intellectual rigours” to produce his work based on diligent guide and supervision from his teachers and supervisors.
Mande, while speaking on behalf of the panel said the graduand has satisfied the requirements and thus qualified for the award of the doctorate.
He also said it was a thing of joy that the former president was one of the pioneer students to bag PhD in Christian Theology under his management.
The Dean expressed the confidence that the feat would be well celebrated during the coming NOUN convocation.