New Delhi, India – President Bola Tinubu, who is currently in India for the G-20 Summit, shared his academic journey and encouraged Nigerian students to strive for excellence during an interaction with them on Thursday evening.
Speaking to a gathering of Nigerian students in India, President Tinubu emphasized the importance of dedication, honesty, determination, and a positive mindset in achieving academic and career success. He recounted his own academic journey, highlighting that a good education had been the cornerstone of his achievements.
The interaction, attended by Nigerian students studying in India, aimed to motivate and inspire them to excel in their respective fields. President Tinubu mentioned his own humble beginnings as a security guard and tutor before entering the world of professional accounting. He underscored how his education had opened doors, including opportunities with renowned firms like Deloitte and Exxon Mobil.
“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. I asked them if they had branches in Nigeria, and that’s how I got to Exxon Mobil and became a successful accountant, auditor-general, and treasurer. My can-do attitude led me into politics,” President Tinubu shared.
He urged the Nigerian students not to lose hope and encouraged them to leverage their educational experiences for future success. “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,” he affirmed.
President Tinubu emphasized the richness of Nigeria’s diversity as a powerful tool for advancing prosperity and national development. He stated that unity and cooperation among Nigerians, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, were essential for achieving the nation’s full potential.
The President also explained that he ran for Nigeria’s highest office to address the leadership and public sector management deficit hindering the country’s progress. He highlighted that Nigeria was rich in knowledge and human resources but needed improved management and leadership to fulfill its destiny.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf Tuggar added that President Tinubu’s foreign policy included a focus on improving services for Nigerians in the Diaspora. He pledged to address passport delays and called on Nigerians abroad to project a positive image of the country.
Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, echoed the sentiment that Nigeria was an excellent place to invest and emphasized the potential of Nigerian individuals on the global stage.
“We believe in Africa, but especially in Nigeria. An investment in Nigeria promises a return that is scarcely found anywhere in the world,” said Elumelu.
The President’s interaction with Nigerian students in India aimed to inspire and motivate young Nigerians to pursue academic and professional excellence as they represent their country on the global stage.