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Obasanjo bags MA degree from NOUN, eyes PhD

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

TVCE – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo now has a master degree to his name.

The two-term former president was on Saturday awarded a Master Degree in Christian Theology by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Obasanjo was among the 10, 653 students who bagged degrees in various academic fields at the 5th convocation ceremony of the institution held in Abuja yesterday.


Obasanjo with Matriculation no NOU 146058901 bagged a pass in Christian Theology with a GPA of 4.25 from the Abeokuta centre of the institution.

The former president is expected to continue his PhD degree at the institution.

Udo Ukeme Effiong, from the Apapa centre, Lagos, emerged the best graduating student of the institution with a GPA of 4.71 in environmental sciences and resource management.


President Muhammadu Buhari, in his address, said education remained the most important sector that defines the life, values, political culture and economic power of a nation.

Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, Julius Okojie, Buhari noted that recent events in the oil and gas sector had demonstrated the nation’s economy would not survive mainly on oil and gas sector.

The president said that Nigeria must diversify its economy into other sector like agriculture and mining to survive.


Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, said new programmes had already been added to the institution.He maintained that the university would continue to strengthen its existing academic programmes.

The NOUN VC promised to bring positive revolutionary changes in tertiary education.

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