Why I don’t want to be called “Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo” (PremiumTimes)

Why I don’t want to be called “Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo” (PremiumTimes)

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will today, (Saturday) award a doctorate in Christian Theology to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former is among 14, 771 persons receiving honours at the university’s seventh convocation in Abuja, Vice-Chancellor Abdalla Adamu said. The retired general is NOUN’s first Ph.D graduate.

But when Premium Times asked Mr. Obasanjo on Saturday morning whether he would now prefer to be called “Dr. Obasanjo” in a fitting tribute to his latest academic achievement, the former leader said “No”.

He said he would prefer that people continue to address him as “Chief Obasanjo” a title he adopted after dropping the prefix “General” when he became Nigeria’s democratically elected president in 1999.

The former President holds several chieftaincy titles from across the country. Read more

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