Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun is mired in a forgery scandal after it emerged that she skipped the compulsory one-year national youth service with a forged exemption certification.
In a damning report by Premium Times, Adeosun avoided the mandatory service scheme after completion of her university education in the UK.
The 51-year-old, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London, allegedly forged an exemption certificate many years after her graduation from the University of East London.
She also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994.
The startling investigation reveals that she parades a purported NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September 2009 under former Director-general Yusuf Bomoi, granting her exemption from the mandatory service on account of age.
The one-year-long National Service is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions and are below the age of 30.
It is a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, with the law prescribing punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.
The revelation has sparked fresh debate about the dysfunction in the system, considering that the Department of State Security (DSS) was supposed to vet nominees into public positions.
Nigerians have also reacted with weariness to the news, considering the government of the day prides itself on fighting corruption.
Here are some of the more interesting reactions on social media, as the public wait patiently for the reaction of the presidency…
So even after taking an unprecedented six months to assemble his cabinet, @mbuhari ended up with a minister who forged her NYSC certificate. EXCLUSIVE: Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun skips NYSC, forges certificate https://t.co/qCzANwtI45
— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) July 7, 2018
So you all expect Buhari that forged WAEC result to do something about Kemi Adeosun's forged NYSC certificate?
I dey Laff una.
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) July 7, 2018
Lawmakers knew her certificate was fake, but unlooked so they could blackmail Kemi Adeosun to keep giving them money.
I want to ask, how many public office holder are prone to international blackmail?
— Nubari Saatah (@Saatah) July 7, 2018
Simple Advice to Madam Kemi Adeosun, if the exclusive from Premium Times is true, offer up your resignation letter ASAP, apologize to Nigerians, brief your lawyers and prepare for prosecution and most importantly:
REEL OUT THE NAMES OF LEGISLATORS THAT BLACKMAILED YOU.
— Proto Pierre Monfils (@hiskenny09) July 7, 2018
Dino Melaye was accused of not graduating from any university in Nigeria.
The clown proved them wrong by wearing his academic gown to the National Assembly.
Kemi Adeosun should also prove people wrong by providing an authentic NYSC certificate.
— Olabode🇳🇬 (@the_olabode) July 7, 2018
I was just informed that minister for English and Finance, Kemi Adeosun, forged her nysc certificate. I'm not saying it's true, but I'm wawued! I'm even surprised at my government.
— Lie Mohammed (@LieMohammed2) July 7, 2018
Buhari, no WAEC certificate: President.
Kemi Adeosun skips NYSC, forges certificate: Finance Minister.
Birds of same feather, flock together.
— AJALA JALINGO (@UNCLE_AJALA) July 7, 2018
Kemi Adeosun alias (O.C.) Oluwole Cert has been allegedly found that she forged her nysc certificate.
APC and the integrity, ahahaha.
— Seun Oluade II (@seunoluade) July 7, 2018
How can education-less Buhari sack NYSC-less Kemi Adeosun… It's impossible.
— Future Olubadan (@Olusanmite) July 7, 2018
Forget it. Kemi Adeosun isn't resigning and Buhari won't do jack !. No be naija ? Kmt.
— O.G Oguntoyinbo (@GTOguntoyinbo) July 7, 2018