President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, congratulated former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for bagging a doctorate degree at the National Open University, NOUN.
Buhari described Obasanjo as the “Father of Open and Distance Education in Nigeria.’’
The former President, who was among the 14,769 graduands, was conferred with Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Theology, which made him the first PhD product of the institution.
Out of the number, 41 bagged first class honours.
Buhari who was Represented by Prof. Abubakar Raheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, said that it was Obasanjo’s belief in Open and Distance Learning that made him enroll in NOUN.
“Obasanjo, because of his quest for quality education, could have opted to fulfill his desire for university education in Ivy League universities of the world and none of them could have denied him this opportunity.
“NOUN and indeed Nigerians, will continue to appreciate your belief, recognition of and support for ODL in Nigeria; we are proud of you,’’ he said.