Update: Kemi Adeosun resigns

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Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has reportedly resigned from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Daily Trust, Adeosun resigned over allegations that she forged her National Youth Service Corps certificate.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, “Although the presidency was unable to confirm the resignation, sources, however, confirmed her resignation on Friday in Abuja.”

Adeosun was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015.

Before her appointment, Adeosun worked as Accounting Assistant at the British Telecom Company, London from 1989 to 1990 and Senior Audit Officer at Goodman Jones, London from 1996 to 2000.

Adeosun, whose resignation was connected to an alleged NYSC certificate scandal, 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.

Adeosun was also a Commissioner for Finance in Ogun between 2011 and 2015.

Vanguard Newspapers which independently confirmed her resignation reports that Kemi was born in 1967 in London, England to Nigerian parents from Ogun State. She earned 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.

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994 and she was qualified for NYSC exemption on return to Nigeria after clocking above 30 years of age.

The story has been out there that Adeosun forged her National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, discharge certificate. Although she was qualified to formally obtain an exemption because she was above 30, her exemption certificate has been questioned. She initially ignored the forgery report, but her handlers later explained that she was not guilty.

They painted those digging into the story as mischief-makers who wanted to pull down a woman of substance. The NYSC headquarters also came up with a terse statement that she indeed applied for an exemption and that it was looking into the matter.

Some citizens had dragged her to the Federal High Court in Abuja, which has fixed October 8, to hear the suit asking it to sack her from office.

The Chief Judge of the high court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, assigned the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2018, to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu for expeditious hearing.

The suit was filed by a Mr. Francis Obalim, a lawyer who approached the court, praying for an order quashing and setting aside Adeosun’s appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because her appointment circumvented the condition precedent and in contravention of mandatory Sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act which is an integral part of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

The news of her resignation bursting the social media, recording more 15,000 tweets already. Dr. Joe Abah‏Verified account @DrJoeAbah tweeted: “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 and the situation was only going to go from bad to worse.’’

Some people have praised her as one of the few Nigerians that have dared to resign from office. Kemi Ariyo‏ @d_problemsolver also tweeted: “If truly Kemi Adeosun has resigned, she earns my respect. “This is the first time in the history of Nigeria a minister or a leader will take a bold step to write a resignation letter because of forgery allegation.’’

In his tweet, Niyi Balogun‏ @ng_niyi said: “Just shows how dirty the labyrinth of power can get. Great talent though. Wish Kemi Adeosun best!’’ .

– Sept. 14, 2018 @ 12:59 GMT |

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