– On Tuesday, the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, said that Obasanjo was paid #40, 000 annually for being a lecturer of the university.
– Obasanjo has come out to fault the claim, and demands an apology from the Vice Chancellor.
The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has denied receiving any form of salary for being a facilitator of the National Open University, NOUN.
This came as a result of a statement from the VC of the institution, Professor Abdallh Adamu, on Tuesday, that the university pays him as sum of #40, 000 as a facilitator of the institution. In his words, “Obasanjo’s allowance is N40,000 a year, and he is happy being our facilitator…”
In the former president’s statement, as signed by his spokesman, Kehinde Adeyemi, yesterday at Abuja, stated that the services he renders for the university is Pro Bono. And that he has never received a dime from the university. And that he does not have any plans to, now or in the future.
He stated that his appointment was received with “pleasure and duty to give back to others, out of what God and NOUN has given me.”
According to the statement from his spokesman, Mr Kehinde, “The attention of the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been drawn to a newspaper report, published on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 with the headline ‘Obasanjo earns N40,000 as NOUN lecturer –VC.’
“Ordinarily, this will have been unnecessary exercise, if it has been the usual shenanigans of the media to sell their newspapers, but, the very clear quotation of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdalla Adam on the headline made this clarification imperative and to set the records straight on His Excellency’s engagement with the University”.
Obasanjo described the report as “embarrassing, uncharitable, mischievous and in bad taste”. He demands that the VC should retract these words, as well as offer him an apology.