Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has waded into the admission dispute between law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, and the countryís Council of Legal Education over refusal to admit NOUN graduates into the Nigerian Law School.

Obasanjo on Tuesday disclosed that he has written to Council of Legal Education, CLE, over the purported refusal to address the lingering impasse, while insisting that any attempt to stop NOUN law graduates from attending Nigerian Law School was a plot to undermine the whole institution.

The former president, who is also a graduate of NOUN, disclosed this while granting audience to members of National Executive of NOUN Law Students Association of Nigeria, LAWSA, led by Paul Ndi Oyemike, as well as its alumni led by Lawal Olutoyin, at his Hilltop Mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The unions were in Ogun State to appeal to Obasanjo to use his connection to plead on their behalf to the appropriate quarters to allow them admission into law school to enable them practice law in the country.

Itís mandatory for law graduates to attend the Nigerian Law School before they could be call to the Nigerian bar.

Obasanjo, who is currently running his Ph.D. programme in the institution, insisted that NOUN was not running a correspondence programme, but a full time study, adding that he receives lectures in the institution and not correspondence as being peddled in some quarters.

One of the leaders on the visit told National Mirror in Asaba that the former president expressed dissatisfaction with the development.

The former Nigerian leader was quoted to visiting delegation that, ďIíve written to the CLE, but it seems some people out there didnít get it right. They said the school of law is offering corresponding programmes and I said it to anyone I met that I graduated from the school and I am presently running my master and PHD in NOUN, so the notion is incorrect.Ē

He said that undermining part or portion in NOUN is undermining the whole institution, adding that such development will be resisted as it does not speak well of the entire institution.

But he urged students particularly law graduates of NOUN to be patient with the authorities, saying that getting accreditation is not automatic.