President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with renowned chartered accountant, iconic leader and legendary teacher, Chief Akintola Williams, who turned a centenarian on August 9, 2019, congratulating him for many honours and pride brought to Nigeria and Africa.
In a statement released by the presidency, Buhari commended Chief Williams for his pioneering and pace-setting roles, laying the foundation for many institutions in the country, which include Nigerian Stock Exchange & Institute of Chartered Accountants, which have long turned into strong pillars of the Nigerian economy.
According to the presidency, the President believes Chief Williams’s prudent utilisation of time from his youth, and a proclivity for looking beyond circumstances, separated him early for global recognition, turning him into an institution that many will continue to study and draw inspiration from.
President Buhari extolled the centenarian’s adventurous spirit of seeking and taking up challenges like music, arts and promotion of culture, underscoring his willingness to always serve the country and move it to greater heights through knowledge, wisdom and counsels to leaders.
” The President joins family, friends and professional colleagues in celebrating with Oloye Williams, Africa’s first Chartered Accountant, on his 100th birthday, and for achieving the feat of inspiring the largest professional services firm in Nigeria with Deloitte & Touche,” the presidency stated.
The president prayed that the almighty God will grant Chief Williams health and strength to continue serving God, the country and humanity.
Chief Akintola Williams (born 9 August 1919) was the first African to qualify as a chartered accountant.