President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while addressing a gathering of Nigerians at the G-20 summit in India, shared a heartfelt account of his life’s journey, underscoring the pivotal role of education and determination that propelled him to the highest office in Nigeria.
Tinubu’s speech resonated with many as he recalled his humble beginnings, including working as a security guard and serving as a school tutor. He emphasized the transformative power of education in shaping his path to leadership.
“Good education brought me here, and I am happy to stand before you as the President of Nigeria,” President Tinubu affirmed, inspiring the audience with his story of perseverance.
His narrative unfolded with a slow and modest start, where he juggled roles as a security guard and a dedicated tutor in a school. Despite these early challenges, he demonstrated exceptional brilliance as a student, setting the stage for his future success.
Tinubu’s pivotal moment came when he joined Deloitte, one of the world’s leading accounting firms. His education played a pivotal role in securing this opportunity. Upon joining the firm, he inquired about the possibility of Deloitte having branches in Nigeria. Their response was a revelation: “We have a multitude of clients who would welcome your expertise back home.”
This pivotal exchange led Tinubu to Exxon Mobil, where he carved out a successful career as an accomplished accountant, auditor-general, and treasurer. His journey from these corporate heights to the world of politics was marked by his unwavering can-do attitude and his firm belief in the potential of Nigeria.
Addressing the audience, President Tinubu shared words of encouragement, saying, “You can also do it; do not be despondent in any way. Nigeria is ready to accommodate all. It does not matter which part of Nigeria you are from.”
President Tinubu’s life story serves as a powerful testament to the transformative power of education and determination, inspiring individuals across Nigeria to reach for their dreams, no matter where their journey begins.