Williams Akintola, the dean of the accounting profession, has passed away.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, a former governor of Ogun State, have expressed their sorrow.
Akintola, a native of Ogun State, passed away on Monday at the ripe old age of 104.
Obasanjo referred to Akintola as a Nigerian who was so consistent in his contributions and influence on the accounting industry and the country at large in his condolence message.
Akintola is a unique person and a highly regarded accountant, according to Obasanjo, who stated this in a statement issued by his media assistant Kehinde Akinyemi.
The deceased person was a close friend to the former president for more than 50 years, during which time "I had directly and indirectly enjoyed his advice and support." He inspired you and warmed you to himself with his cucumber-cool, level-headed, and unflappable demeanor.
The Balogun Owu insisted that anyone would be inspired by Akintola's insistence on truth and accountability, saying he frequently admired his composed demeanor and demeanor.
Obasanjo 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 from 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 that God would grant his family the strength to bear the heavy and irreparable loss
In his words, Amosun said he received with a deep sense of loss the news of Akintola's transition.
Amosun commiserated with the Akintola family and “all of us in the Accounting profession on this great loss.”
As the first Chartered Accountant, a pioneer member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and its first president, Amosun disclosed that the late Akintola was “a true source of inspiration to many, including me.”
The former lawmaker admired the deceased elder statesman, stressing that he was an “achiever whose invaluable contributions and commitment to the growth of accounting in Nigeria and Africa are epochal and unquantifiable.”
Amosun spoke further: “On a more personal note, I recall the invaluable support he gave to our administration between 2011 and 2019 and the good people of Ogun State by personally attending our annual budget presentation at the Ogun State House of Assembly.
“He greatly supported the establishment of the Elderly Home Hostel in Abeokuta. I will miss his fatherly disposition towards me and his words of advice and encouragement.
“May the Almighty God grant the doyen of the accounting profession eternal rest and give his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the entire Akintola Williams family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Adieu to a great son of Ogun State, one of the progenitors of Ogun Standard.”