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Obasanjo Mourns Late Akintola Williams

Late Chief Akintola Williams. 

Former Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo has mourned the doyen of Accounting Profession in Nigeria, Akintola Williams.

Obasanjo, in a release by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi said, Akintola was an unusual human being and a globally-acclaimed Accountant.

He described Akintola as a Nigerian, who was so consistent in his contributions and influence to the accounting profession and the nation in general.

The former President noted that Akintola’s insistence on truth and accountability would inspire anyone, saying he often admired his calm mien and disposition.

Obasanjo recalled that in the over 50 years of his relationship with the deceased, “I had directly and indirectly enjoyed his advice and support. In his cucumber cool, sober and unruffled disposition, he inspired you and warmed you to himself.”

He confessed that his interactions with Akintola were tangential for a number of reasons, adding that those of them in the military in the mid-1960s were looking at him at a distance with great admiration.

Having lived for 104 years, Obasanjo remarked that Akintola cannot be considered to have died an untimely or premature death.

He prayed God grant his family the strength to bear the heavy and irreparable loss.

Akintola Williams was the first Chartered Accountant in Nigeria and a pioneer member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and its first president.

The late Akintola Williams is an indigene of Ogun State, South West Nigeria. He died on Monday at the age of 104.

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