PRESIDENT Tinubu says he was a brilliant student and his academic exploits enabled him to train at Deloitte, paving the way for his emergence as Nigeria’s head of government.
The President spoke yesterday during an interaction with Nigerians on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in India, a statement by presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale said.
At the ceremony, which had several Nigerian students in attendance, Tinubu remarked that if they were committed and diligent, they could reach the zenith of their careers.
Reflecting on the trajectory of his life and how it prepared him for leadership, the President narrated how he worked as a security guard before landing jobs at Deloitte and Exxon Mobil.
“Good education brought me here and I am happy to stand before you here as the President of Nigeria. I started small,” Tinubu said.
“I was a security guard. I was a tutor in school. I was a brilliant student. I joined Deloitte and was trained by one of the biggest accounting firms in the world, because of my education.
“When I joined them, I asked them, Do you have branches in Nigeria? And they said, ‘We have a lot of clients, we will take you if you want to go home’.”
The President also recounted how he left behind his professional career to pursue a full-time career in politics.
“That’s how I got to ExxonMobil and was a very successful accountant, auditor-general, and treasurer until I joined politics with a can-do attitude,” he exclaimed.
“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.”