Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has resigned. She resigned on the 14th of September, over speculations that she did not participate in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC).
Some months ago, online reports alleged that Kemi did not take part in the NYSC and that the exemption certificate she posed with was forged as the signature on the certificate became questionable. Although, the presidency did not respond to the allegation, it was however shocking to many when she tendered her resignation letter, where she gave reasons for leaving her job.
According to her, she was born and raised in the UK and only visited when she was 34 years old. She obtained her first Nigerian passport also at 34 and when she relocated, she made enquiries on whether she had to do the NYSC.
“Upon enquiry as to my status 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,” her letter explained.
With the advice, guidance and assistance of those she “thought were trusted associates,” she approached NYSC for documentary proof of status and got her certificate, which unknowingly wasn’t a genuine one.
“I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine” she said, adding that she tendered it as one of her documents “at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly, the 2015 Directorate for State Service and the National Assembly for screening,” the letter explained.
“Be that as it may, as someone committed to a culture of probity and accountability, I have decided to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September, 2018,” she wrote.
Following her resignation, which was accepted by the president, the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has been appointed to oversee the Ministry of Finance immediately.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) September 14, 2018