Certificate Forgery:Nigeria’s Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun Resigns
69 day after she was exposed for possessing a forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has resigned, Daily Trust reveals.
Since her NYSC certificate scandal surface, Mrs. Adeosun have been under a lot of pressure to resign her appointment.
Some commentators had also called for her to be prosecuted if the certificate scandal is true.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had recently taken a legal action against the NYSC for refusing to give full details on the status of Adeosun’s NYSC saga.
Premium Times had on July 7, 2018 exposed Mrs. Adeosun, failure to participate in the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme.
The paper said she instead forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation.
The year-long service, organised by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.
In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.
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.
Section 13 (3) of the law also prescribes three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine for anyone who contravenes provision of the law as Mrs Adeosun has done.
Subsection 4 of the same section also criminalises giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate. It provides for up to three-year jail term for such offenders.
Mrs Adeosun’s official credentials obtained by the paper 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.
Social Media Agog Over Adeosun’s Resignation
While we await the official confirmation of Mrs. Adeosun resignation, Nigerians are taking to social media to express their views on the purported resignation.
See some of their reactions below:
The really sad thing about the (purported) resignation of (former) finance minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, is that it's not likely to be an acknowledgement of wrongdoing – otherwise, it should have come long ago. It's about every other consideration BUT the most important. #Truth
— Remi Sonaiya (@oluremisonaiya) September 14, 2018
IF indeed Kemi Adeosun has resigned, she has my respect for towing the path of honour. I wish she had done this long ago.
If there was alleged forgery, I guess the police will investigate further & prosecute if proven.
When the system works, we all benefit. Kids are watching
— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) September 14, 2018
I have just received, with sadness, news that Kemi Adeosun has resigned. She is a talented, courageous woman who drove a lot of important reforms as Minister of Finance. However, the NYSC saga had made her position untenable & the situation was only going to go from bad to worse.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) September 14, 2018
It does not matter why @HMKemiAdeosun resigned, what matters is that she's gone, if indeed she has resigned.
It's a moral burden on @MBuhari administration. Lesson learnt?
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) September 14, 2018
A Nigerian Minister, Kemi Adeosun has resigned. I don’t remember tweeting “reigned” beside the name of a Nigerian minister. This was late in coming but better late than never.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) September 14, 2018
If indeed Kemi Adeosun resigned because of her NYSC certificate scandal, then she did the right thing.
Hopefully, the NYSC act can now be amended to take care of peculiar cases like hers.
Buhari should also follow her line and resign for being incompetent.
— Iyá Lájè Of Lagos (@newscantell) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun has resigned, she made a good decision, this is strange in a country like Nigeria where it’s almost an abomination for leaders to resign. I commend her!
— King Sola (@Solar_unique) September 14, 2018
Wait, so they've asked Kemi Adeosun to resign in order to make us forget yesterday's Nepotistic DSS appointment by Buhari?
Dei sorkrificed Kemi, innit?
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun has resigned but that is not enough. She must be prosecuted for forgery.
Then she should be probed to investigate the possible cases of blackmail she may have been party to.
— Faisal (@JajaPhD) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun resigns following months of silence over NYSC Certificate forgery scandal.
What I don’t understand are the people giving her thumbs up for resigning. This person should have never been in office in the first instance, so there’s nothing noble about her resignation.
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) September 14, 2018
KEMI Adeosun was an asset to this govt, but what is wrong is wrong and what must be done must be done. Glad she finally did the right thing.
— Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@MrAbuSidiq) September 14, 2018
BREAKING: Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun resigns over allegation of forgery https://t.co/trfKhspZuA
Kemi Adeosun now joined Babachir Lawal.
Can they be prosecuted?
— TransparencIT Nigeria (@TransparencITng) September 14, 2018
There's nothing impressive about Kemi Adeosun resigning. Absolutely nothing because youths are being denied employment because of Nysc certificate now a person at the top defaults & we're giving her heroes welcome for what a commoner would've been jailed for. No abeg.
— Baba Folarin (@That_IjebuBadoo) September 14, 2018
They'll tell you Kemi Adeosun has earned their respect for resigning and give you reasons.
Remind them Ngozi Okonjo Iweala resigned on principle, Barth Nnaji resigned on conflict of interest, but Adeosun resigned on criminal/forgery allegations.
— Chibuzo 'KingAbsolute' Anthony (@KingAbsoIute) September 14, 2018
So if Kemi Adeosun wasn't hurting the political perception of Buhari, she would have stayed on.
"Integrity" has been become an item of expediency.
— Olúseun Onígbińdé (@seunonigbinde) September 14, 2018
Dear Prof. Itsey Sagay, your Kemi Adeosun has resigned. Anything to say?
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) September 14, 2018