Nigeria’s Finance Minister Adeosun resigns
Nigeria’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, has allegedly resigned, a yet-to-be confirmed report has said. Though no clear time has been indicated when she submitted her resignation letter, the source said the resignation followed the allegation of not participating in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and obtaining a certificate that the NYSC had before now disowned.
The minister, according to the report, felt that her position is becoming untenable and is hurting President Muhammadu Buhari in the run up to the 2019 election. At the time of this report, calls made by Economic Confidential to Oluyinka Akintunde, the special adviser on media and communications to Adeosun, did not go through.
Nigerians have been expressing outrage after PREMIUM TIMES reported how finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, shunned mandatory national service but went on to obtain a fraudulent exemption certificate years later.
The certificate scandal continued to dominate discussions over the weekend with many of the commentators asking the minister to resign.
Mrs Adeosun graduated from the Polytechnic of East London, renamed University of East London, in 1989.
She, however, did not return to Nigeria to observe the mandatory year-long service as required for Nigerians who graduate before their 30th birthday. Instead, she secured an exemption certificate which PREMIUM TIMES investigations show to be fake.
Most of the respondents called on President Muhammadu Buhari to launch an investigation into the scandal and sack Mrs Adeosun.
Several online commentators and respondents on this newspaper’s website and social media platforms were scandalised by the action of Mrs Adeosun and failure of various arms of government to detect the discrepancy by way of due diligence.