NYSC Scandal: Kemi Adeosun ‘Resigns’ As Nigeria’s Finance Minister

Minister for Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun

THERE was anxiety in Abuja on Friday over the continued status of Mrs Kemi Adeosun as Minister of Finance.

Mrs Adeosun explained in her resignation letter that the PREMIUM TIMES investigation was true, but said she did not know the certificate was forged as she relied on associates who helped obtain it after she returned from the UK.

LEADERSHIP recalls that resignation followed the allegation of not serving the compulsory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and obtaining a certificate that has not been authenticated by the body.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna, where she was born, and an MBA from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

Adeosun said she had accepted her fate.

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In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

"Furthermore, we are also aware that President Buhari was not by any measure prepared to drop her from his cabinet but for the demand by those responsible for her appointment, who protested her continued stay in office, although for their own selfish gains".

Also, she contributed to the floating of several multibillion-dollar Eurobond offerings and led Nigeria's discussions with multilateral institutions. During her ministerial screening, Bashir had tweeted, "Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is very intelligent, I like all the answers she has given so far".

"Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter". My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my United Kingdom passport.

"Upon enquiry as to my status relating to NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of thirty (30), I was exempted from the requirement to serve", Adeosun said in the letter. I then received the certificate in question. "Be that as it may, as someone totally committed to a culture of probity and accountability I have chose to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September, 2018".

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