Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has been involved in an NYSC certificate forgery scandal according to the news which was first released by Premium Times. Premium Times stated that Kemi did not participate in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Scheme. Instead, she forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation. The year-long service, organised by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.

According to the NYSC law, you can only obtain an exemption certificate if:

  • You graduated after 30
  • You hold a national honour
  • You have served in the armed forces or police for up to nine months
  • You are a staff of an intelligence agency or armed forces

In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates. Eligible Nigerians who skipped 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, as Mrs Adeosun has done. Subsection 4 of the same section also criminalizes giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate. It provides for up to three-year jail term for such offenders.


Mrs Adeosun’s official credentials obtained by PREMIUM TIMES show that the Minister parades a purported NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September 2009, granting her exemption from the mandatory service on account of age, because she was already 35 when she returned to Nigeria.

It is important to note that Kemi has worked in places such as Goodman Jones, London Underground Company, Prism Consulting, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, all in UK, before she returned to Nigeria. Also note that these previous UK organizations do not require NYSC certificate, hence Kemi either didn’t know about such documentation or didn’t think she would ever need it. However, upon returning to Nigeria in 2002, she also immediately got a job with a multinational private firm Chapel Hill Denham and QUO Vadis Partnership, who were obviously too besotted with her grades that they didn’t require the NYSC certificate from her. After all this is Nigeria, where any foreign certificate supersedes all other local certification needed.

However, getting hints that she may get into trouble especially as she was probably been recommended for government jobs, Mrs Adeosun, procured a fake exemption certificate dated September 9th 2009 and signed by Yusuf Bomoi, a former Director-General of the corps. Now this is where the story gets interesting, according to Premium Times, NYSC officials claimed that Mr. Bomoi stepped down as DG in January 2009, and could not have signed any certificate for the corps eight months after. The retired Brigadier General passed on in September 2017. However, recent facts have emerged on Premium Times 2017 previous post about the death of Mr Bomoi where they claimed he left NYSC in Nov 2009 and not September 2009. This fact has also been corroborated by Linda Ikeji blog that Mr. Bomoi in fact stepped down as NYSC director in November 2009, so it’s possible that he may have actually signed the certificate (but that is an argument between Premium Times and co).

Besides all other facts and evidence which has been brandished, including the difference in size of Kemi’s NYSC certificate and the original ones from the NYSC itself. The wrong serial number for certificates issued in 2009, and the fact that her name never popped up in multiple searches in the NYSC records, we have some key questions.

  • Who introduced the idea of forging a certificate to Kemi and even took her to the Oluwole masters?
  • She has worked with that certificate as Ogun State Commissioner of Finance, why was it not detected at that time?
  • Why did the State Security Service charged with vetting appointees for top government positions fail to detect the fake NYSC certificate?
  • Why would the Senate go ahead and confirm Kemi after detecting that her certificate was fake?
  • Why did they instead choose to use it as a tool for blackmailing her for years?
  • Who are the Senators involved in this blackmail?
  • Why has Kemi or her aides not said anything regarding this scandal?

While Nigerians have bombard Kemi Adeosun’s social media handles, asking her to either defend herself or resign, most have also called for her head and that of her blackmailers. And yet no response from Kemi and her team, but this is one controversy that won’t die down so easily with the elections so close.

In a lame effort at defence Joe Igbokwe, a die-hard APC stalwart has released a clearly photo shopped image of Kemi Adeosun wearing NYSC outfit!!!! One wonders if that is all the defence the APC, Federal Government and Kemi Adeosun can come up with.

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