By Emmanuel Aziken
LAGOS—FORMER national chairman of the Progressive People’s Alliance, PPA Chief Sam Nkire has urged politicians in the country to continue on the path of education, as he commended former President Olusegun Obasanjo for encouraging him to pursue a Masters’ degree programme, affirming that there is no age limit to acquire knowledge.
Nkire, a member of the National Caucus and leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC caucus in Abia State was among the graduands who bagged the Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution at the convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria, weekend.
Chief Nkire told journalists that he was actually encouraged to enrol for the course by former President Olusesegun Obasanjo during a visit to Abeokuta, late January 2016.
The APC chieftain whose thesis was on the age-long communal crises between the Tiv and the Jukun in Taraba State, also urged other political leaders to seek further studies, as according to him, “there is no age limit to both knowledge and leadership training”.
Chief Nkire said there was no doubt that the course had placed him in a better position to offer informed advice on peace building or conflict resolution in areas ravaged by insecurity due to insurgency, herder/farmer crises or even religious disputes.
It would be recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, 80, graduated with a PhD in Christian Theology at the same graduation ceremony.