A few days after a major Nigerian newspaper reported that Nigeria’s Finance Minister; Kemi Adeosunshe forged a certificate, she is yet to respond. Premium Times, in an exclusive investigative report stated that Adeosun did not participate in the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme.
The requirement for anyone to work in a government or private organisation is the participation and completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC). Before Adeosun was appointed for the position of Minister of Finance, she served at the state level as the Commissioner for Finance. Anyone who holds these positions must have been cleared by the State Security Service, and in the case of a federal Minister, must have been cleared by the Senate.
Adeosun graduated at the age of 22 from the Polytechnic East London (currently called University of East London) in 1989 and was required to serve her country. According to Premium Times, “eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2,000 fine, according to Section 13 of the NYSC law. Adeosun’s official credentials show that the minister parades a purported NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September 2009, granting her exemption from the mandatory service on account of age.” Those issued an exemption certificate should be above the age of 30 when graduating from a tertiary institution.
Forgery of NYSC certificate: We charge President @MBuhari to immediately sack, arrest and arraign his minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun @HMKemiAdeosun for alleged criminal forgery of her NYSC certificate. pic.twitter.com/TyHyudcSOA
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) July 7, 2018
The President Muhammadu Buhari government has come under fire for its incompetence in handling the economy and security challenges. There has been no reaction from the minister or the legislative arm of the government. In a country where resignation from office hardly occurs, Adeosun is likely to carry on and not address the issue.
The Nigerian opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) called for the sacking of the minister in a social media post to President Buhari. For many, the corruption by lawmakers has been prevalent and some cases exposed. The Nigerian lawmakers reported to be among the highest paid in the world, but also amongst the most corrupt.
.@HMKemiAdeosun did you forge @nysc_ng exemption certificate as reported exclusively by @PremiumTimesng if the answer is yes, then when I are you sending your resignation to @MBuhari as practised in democracies such as the UK? Regards https://t.co/e7GLOqRbsP
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) July 7, 2018
Kemi Adeosun’s silence is pretty loud for such weighty allegations. The allegations against her are weighty enough but the House of Cards like costs associated with it as it is linked with Legislative blackmailing makes it an extremely expensive issue. Something has to give!
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 8, 2018