Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has enrolled at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) as a first year student in the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Obasanjo attended the University's matriculation ceremony held in Abuja where he took the matriculation oath. Obasanjo who is also the Visitor to the university remarked that "I will leave no stone unturned to undertake my academic work seriously. Exactly six months from now, I will cease to be a Visitor. I will be student Obasanjo of the National Open University of Nigeria", referring to his imminent hand over of power in 2007.
The President at 69 is one of the oldest undergraduates ever enrolled in a Nigerian University and the only sitting President in Africa to have registered for tertiary education while still in power.
The National Open University of Nigeria is Nigeria's leading - and only specialist - provider of open and distance learning at tertiary level. It are also the country's largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers with currently 32,400 students enrolled. The University's administrative headquarters is in Lagos.