Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has warned that Nigeria risks breaking up if it does not all room for continuous renegotiations on how it wants to move ahead as one united entity.
Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, said that the country must continue to renegotiate its unity and give listening ear to the complaints of all ethnic groups in the country.
Speaking at the 7th convocation lecture of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, in Abuja, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said he believed that such periodic discussions will provide opportunity for all stakeholders to ventilate their views, grievances and possibly provide superior arguments, solutions or ideas that could positively challenge the existing practices.
According to him, these continuous renegotiation will give the country’s various ethnic nationalities a sense of belonging thus enhancing their effective participation in its socio-economic discussions and national development.
The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, yesterday congratulated the erstwhile President and other graduands for the successful completion of their academic programmes and urged them to serve as good ambassadors of the University.
The VC was particularly impressed that Obasanjo, after serving as military and civilian head of state, enrolled and diligently completed doctorate degree programme in spite of his busy schedules.
“It was an indication that no one is too old to pursue education and knowledge. It is also an encouragement for others to disregard and trash the idea of age, challenges and diligently pursue education for self-improvement.
Afterwards, the Registrar of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Felix Edoka, announced that Obasanjo, and 14, 771 other graduands including two prison inmates from Enugu prison, have been found worthy in character and learning to be awarded first and doctorate degrees at the 7th NOUN convocation ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday.