In Sierra Leone, President Olusegun Obasanjo to be Named an FBC Honorary Alumna

By IndepthAfrica
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Mar 22nd, 2013
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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, center, arrives at the airport in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Obasanjo arrived in Senegal on Tuesday to try to mediate a solution to the country's political impasse, less than a week before a contentious presidential election takes place. In the hour before his arrival, police once again fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators as they took to the streets and set fire to tires in a show of anger over the candidacy of the country's 85-year-old leader Abdoulaye Wade.(AP Photo/Tanya Bindra)

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, center, arrives at the airport in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Obasanjo arrived in Senegal on Tuesday to try to mediate a solution to the country’s political impasse, less than a week before a contentious presidential election takes place. In the hour before his arrival, police once again fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators as they took to the streets and set fire to tires in a show of anger over the candidacy of the country’s 85-year-old leader Abdoulaye Wade.(AP Photo/Tanya Bindra)

By Aruna Turay

Former President of Nigeria and well-respected International Statesman, General Olusegun Mathew OkikiÍla Obasanjo of Nigeria will on Saturday 23rd March 2013 receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone, at the college campus in Freetown. This is according to the University authorities in an exclusive interview with this paper.


According to FBC’s Spokesman and Public Relations Officer, Mr. James Tamba Lebbie, when the former Nigerian leader visited Sierra Leone during the country’s elections campaigning period last year, Mr. Obasanjo himself went to the college.

 

During his visit, he told the college that long before he became the President of Nigeria, he once came to the college campus as a very young man and applied to pursue a course but because of the stiff competition then to study at FBC, he was not able to gain entry into the then Athens of Africa which many Nigerian youths saw as the ultimate bastion of learning in Africa.

 

However, Mr. Obasanjo reportedly said that since then, he has being looking forward to become a student of the great Fourah Bay College.


Mr. Lebbie said upon consideration of all what the former President has done for Sierra Leone especially in the area of peace and democracy, the college authorities have now thought it fit to confer an Honorary degree to Mr. Obasanjo and make him into a honorary member of the FBC alumni during a special ceremony.

 

State House sources tell this newspaper that the ceremony where Obasanjo will be decorated with the honorary degree is expected to be witnessed by His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma [or his representative] and other distinguished personalities.

 

The well respected international statesman and former President Obasanjo is expected to arrive in Sierra Leone sometime today March 21st 2013 and spend a few days with Sierra Leoneans before going back to Nigeria.

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