Gov. Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State, has said that age should not be viewed as a barrier to achieving educational goals, adding that one of the requirements he had to meet in order for his desire to become governor in 2022 to be approved was that he finish his schooling.
Adeleke spoke at the combined 9th undergraduate and 5th postgraduate convocation ceremonies of the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, on Sunday, where 75 postgraduate and 537 undergraduate students were conferred with various degrees.
The governor, who said after losing 2018 governorship election, he was subjected to the worst personality attacks and assaults, added that he had to leave the country to escape attack and to complete his degree programme, after his elder brother, Dr. Deji Adeleke insisted he must complete his education, or forgo his 2022 governorship ambition.
He said, “Dr Tajudeen Adeleke encouraged me to move ahead. Before I went on exile, he called me to a meeting where we discussed. He told that I should look at what I have been subjected to, by those saying I was not educated. He advised that I should go to America for studies.
“He said the only thing I can do for Osun people, if I am ready to be governor, I must get educated, I must complete my education, without completing it, I should forget my governorship ambition.
“At my age then, I successfully re-enrolled and completed my degree programme. I am proud of that achievement and I thank my family and friends for their total support. I came back to re-contest in 2022 as a brand new graduate. The rest is now history. What is the lesson? Our age must never be a barrier to educational pursuit. What we need is commitment and passion to succeed.”
In his remarks, Dr Deji Adeleke, who is the founder of the university, said if Nigerians resolved to change the country for better, it could be achieved.
Dr. Adeleke, further comment on the bad followership of many Nigerians, He Said component in the turbine that had not been installed, imported for the 1250MW power plant he was building in Ajebandele, Ondo State were looted away by the people.
He called on Nigerians that desire a good country to contribute their quota to the nation building and stop apportioning blame to those in positions of authority.