President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reflected on the trajectory of his life, which prepared him for leadership.
The president spoke to a gathering of Nigerians in India; where he is attending the G-20 summit.
Tinubu told a story of his slow start to greatness, including working as a security guard and a tutor in school.
“Good education brought me here and I am happy to stand before you here as the president of Nigeria,” he said.
“I started small. 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 that will take you, if you want to go home.’
“That’s how I got to Exxon Mobil and was a very successful accountant, auditor-general, and treasurer, until I joined politics with a can-do attitude.
“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,” the president exclaimed.