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Former Lagos State Governor and a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu said the bonus of $850,000 received alongside his accumulated monthly salary running into about $1.8 million
turned me into an instant millionaire.
Tinunu said he stayed back working for several years in the United States after completing his degree in Chicago .
According to Tinunu who is eyeing presidency in the country his working trip he made while serving as an auditor for auditing giant, Deloitte and Touche, made him an “instant millionaire”.
Tinubu said this in a lengthy interview he granted TheNews Magazine on March 29 about his journey through life as he celebrated his 64th birthday
Tinubu first served as a senator in the short-lived third republic and later as governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. He has been accused of making a fortune from politics.
He said “At Deloitte and Touche, I chose to travel more than 80 per cent of my working years there. And that is because if a staff chose to travel, he would make more money because he would get travel allowances.
“We had gone there to set up their accounting and auditing system. It was while on that service that I got my financial break. When I returned to the United States, my employers gave me a huge bonus, which instantly turned me into a millionaire.”
The APC leader said he was sent on an assignment to help set up an accounting and auditing system for a joint-venture between National Oil and Aramco in Saudi Arabia but by the time he returned to the United States, he discovered that his account had been credited in millions.
He added “The bonus was $850,000, before taxes.
“My salaries were also being paid into the bank and I was not touching them. At the time, my salary deposits in the bank had risen to about $1.8 million.”
Asked if he was not frightened by the development, Mr. Tinubu said, “No. This is because I had a strong grasp of financial matters. I was happy. I bought a house from the money and invested the rest in the U.S. I was living well. I was living in one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the south of Chicago.”
He worked in Deloitte and Touch before returning to Nigeria to serve as an accounting executive for Mobil.