Troubled Nigeria finance minister has quit her post after several weeks of pressure following allegations of forgery pinned on her an online media outlet in the country, Premium Times.
The 51-year-old tendered her resignation letter on Friday after discovering on investigation that her National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) certificate of exemption which she put forward before being cleared for ministerial role “was not genuine.”
Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari who often preaches zero tolerance for corruption has accepted the resignation of the former Ogun State commissioner for finance and has put the ministry of finance in care of Zainab Ahmed who is also minister of state budget and national planning.
“President Muhammadu Buhari Friday accepted the resignation of the Hon. Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun. The President thanked the Minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits.
“The President also approved that the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, should oversee the Ministry of Finance with effect from today,” a statement from one of the president’s spokesmen Femi Adesina informed.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) September 14, 2018
Adeosun explains resignation & genesis of certificate issue
Adeosun described her discovery that her NYSC exemption certificate was fake following her findings and deciding to quit her role “in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.”
She further gave a synopsis of how she got the certificate which “was not genuine” and even explained that same document was presented before she was appointed Ogun State finance commissioner and the country’s finance minister
“I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.
“Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, indeed my parental family home remains in London. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. I obtained my first Nigerian passport at the age of thirty-four (34) and when I relocated there was debate as to whether NYSC Law applied to me. 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. Until recent events, that remained my understanding.
“On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those, I thought were trusted associates, NYSC were approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question. Having never worked in NYSC, visited the premises, been privy to nor familiar with their operations, I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine. Indeed, I presented that certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for Directorate of State Services (DSS) Clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening. Be that as it may, as someone totally committed to a culture of probity and accountability I have decided to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September, 2018,” Adeosun wrote in her resignation letter to the president.
However there are calls from some quarters demanding that Adeosun to be prosecuted on the ground of forgery allegation despite her resignation.
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