The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has been asked by critics to prove allegations published by Premium Times on Saturday that she skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and subsequently obtained a forged exemption certificate in 2009 are false.
According to the premium Times story, the minister reportedly graduated from the Polytechnic of East London, in the United Kingdom, in 1989, at 22. The scheme is compulsory for all Nigerian graduates, under the age of 30, while those above the age limit are required to obtain an exemption certificate.
Several attempts to speak with the minister by journalists have been unsuccessful. Repeated calls and texts to her mobile lines have gone answered.
The NYSC certificate, in addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria,there’s an enabling law that prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.
Eligible Nigerians who skip 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.
See reactions of Nigerians on social media below…
Femi Falana’s (SAN) NYSC Cert was withheld for 18years until the Oputa panel. Many folks have issues with sorting out their exemption application but to FORGE a Certificate MUST be the height of mischief. Worst still is the delay in the response to the damaging allegation
The allegations by Premium Times against Kemi Adeosun are very grave indeed. From dodging NYSC, to forgery, to succumbing to blackmail. They had better be on solid ground! If the allegations turn out to be false, I would expect the Minister to sue them for all they’ve got!
The embattledFinance Minister and her Supporters are pushing round poorly photoshopped Picture of her participating in the NYSC scheme.
She submitted a forged NYSC Waiver Certificate and the unintelligent liars are bring a picture where she was serving.
We will see to the end.
In this Kemi Adeosun NYSC certificate forgery saga, the one thought that keeps resonating in my mind is “Where is Aye Dee?”
He used to tweet in her defence even before he officially announced he has joined the APC and stated calling critics of the government “fault finders”.
The real problem in @HMKemiAdeosun‘s NYSC scandal isn’t that she didn’t serve her nation but feeds fat from it; it is that she FORGED an NYSC discharge certificate. Forgery is a CRIMINAL offence in Nigeria. I can explain away her not participating in the NYSC, but not her forgery
Patiently waiting for the Min. of Finance @HMKemiAdeosun to break this silence which is becoming rather uncomfortable. The honorable thing to do would be to come out clean: Did you forge your NYSC certificate or not? It’d be so refreshing to have a public officer #TellTheTruth.