Nigeria’s first Chartered Accountant, Chief Akintola Williams, who celebrated his 103rd birthday on Tuesday, has been sent congratulatory messages by well-meaning Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, are one of the Nigerians who celebrated the foremost accountant.
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A statement yesterday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said: “President Buhari joins family and friends of the renowned accountant, Chief Akintola Williams, to celebrate his 103rd birthday, appreciating God for the grace of long life, strength and impact, particularly in service to the country.
“President Buhari felicitates Chief Williams for scoring many firsts, which brought the spotlight to Nigeria and Africa, being the first Nigerian to qualify as a chartered accountant in England in 1949, and starting the first indigenous chartered accounting firm in Africa in 1952.
“The President notes other historic achievements of the chartered accountant in establishing the Association of Accountants in Nigeria (AAN) in 1960 with the goal of training accountants, being a founding member and first President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and full involvement in setting up the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
“On his 103rd birthday, President Buhari acknowledges the many recognitions and awards he has received, including his appointment as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1997.
In a message sent through his Twitter handle, Obi said: “I celebrate him …as a symbol of hard work and productivity, and as a role model to the youths in Nigeria and beyond.
“May he experience happiness, peace and good health for the rest of his days.”