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A former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, celebrated his 67th birthday on March 29, and he reminisced his struggles before becoming who he is today.
Tinubu, who used to be a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is currently the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), and one of the most influential politicians in the country.
Tinubu however made it known that he didn’t have life all rosy, and that he struggled vehemently as a boy in the United States of America during his early life.
“One experience I will not forget was when I over-charged a naval officer, who was returning to the country. It was not intentional. Apparently, I didn’t know the direction; there was no GPRS in those days to locate directions. So, he gave me the direction to his house in a Virginia suburb. I gave him the price and the man responded with a slap to my face. He said I should know the correct fare to charge to the location he mentioned. He slapped me and gave me the money.”
Tinubu also recounted another experience with a drunk man where he was cheated:
“Another experience was when I took a guy whom I didn’t know was drunk. When I drove to his house, he pointed a gun at me instead of paying the fare. He took my leather jacket and said: ‘Get into your car and get lost.’ He did not pay”
Tinubu made known how tough it was to work hard to fund his education abroad, and revealed that he took up menial jobs just to get enough money.
Tinubu became an inspiration for many youngster currently struggling and are losing hope for a brighter future. He passed through a lot of unpleasant experiences in his childhood days before graduating with his name on the Dean’s list as the overall Best in Accounting of his set, which made him a hotcake among big companies in the United States of America.
He was the Lagos State Governor between 1999 and 2007 and played a big role in the State’s enviable status today.