This Nigerian Former Leader Olusegun Obasanjo continues to amaze and fascinate me.
ICMS, Inc Reports
Commentary By Tom Okure, Ph.D
Former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo has once again distinguished himself by obtaining an earn Ph.D. degree in Christian Theology from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). It is very important to note that this is not one of those honorary doctorate degrees which many rich individuals have conferred on them simply by making huge donations to famous universities.
|Olusegun Obasanjo, Ph.D|
For the avoidance of doubt, an honorary doctorate degree is not a real degree. It is a nice recognition to someone given by an academic institution of higher learning. Perhaps the only real worth or value of an honorary doctorate degree is looking good hanging on the wall. Honorary degrees are not 'real' degrees; in other words, being awarded an honorary degree is not the same as getting an actual earned doctorate. More precisely, an honorary degree is a degree honoris causa, Latin for 'for the sake of the honor'.
Obasanjo’s accomplishment is significant as a scholarly endeavor. He was declared proficient to be awarded a PhD after a 163 minutes successful defense of his doctoral dissertation before a panel of six academicians.
The title of Obasanjo dissertation (thesis) is “Resolving the Unfinished Agenda in Liberation Theology: Leadership, Poverty and Underdevelopment in North Eastern Nigeria.” His dissertation was submitted to his department as part of the requirements for the fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Theology. The former Nigerian President whose matriculation number reads NOU 146058901 was among the 14,769 graduating students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Obasanjo is a pillar in the Nigerian political scene and he continues to make his voice heard and relevant in part because he continually strives to develop himself and his environment. For a man of his age, it is astonishing that he continues to set new and challenging goals for himself. He mirrors good leadership traits of a man of purpose and represents a study in statesmanship for aspiring men and women who seek to gain prominence in the Nigerian political scene of the future.
Notwithstanding his personal shortcomings as a person, Obasanjo is fascinating because he has a remarkable legacy as a Nigerian leader. His particular example, in terms of persistence and determination and the manner in which he continues to reinvent himself combined with a restorative type quality and dynamism of his many accomplishments are truly amazing.
So with great admiration for this great Nigerian leader, I join with many other well wishers to congratulate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for this academic accomplishment and to welcome him to the eminent and distinguished club of Nigeria’s Ph.D. elite.