The controversy about the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and her NYSC certificate forgery was blown over two weeks ago by Premium Times, an online website. Premium Times alleged that Kemi Adeosun, is in possession of and has been parading a fake NYSC exemption certificate, on account of age. The Premium Times, also published a copy of an original NYSC certificate and the fake one for comparison.

They also claimed that the Senate and House of Reps were both aware of the fake certificate presented by Kemi Adeosun, but chose to clear her which led to her appointment as a Minister. And that they have been using the fake certificate as a blackmail tool, which has made Kemi Adeosun to release huge funds to the lawmakers, without due process. While another source claimed that ‘corruption was fighting back’ because Kemi had woken the sleeping lions when she asked for and got federal assent to prevent leakages in spending habits of ministries and they should also submit how they spend monies allotted to them.

Whatever be the reason why this certificate scandal blew to the fore is a matter that Nigerians are no longer interested in. The only thing Nigerians are interested in is that they want to hear the Minister of Finance’s side of the story, at least she has the right to defend herself.

The amazing thing is that Kemi Adeosun, a federal minister, employed on tax payers funds has kept mum since then, not a word about the scandal or allegation. As if to further validate the story, NYSC released a terse incomplete statement. The NYSC statement signed by its Director, Press and Publications Relations Mrs Adenike Adeyemi reads as follows: “Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun. Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate. We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.”

Meanwhile the Federal Government also spoke briefly through the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Mr Lai Muhammed, according to TheCable Lai Muhammed was approached by State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and his expression showed he was intent on giving nothing away. When asked about the controversy he said “The government has spoken. NYSC is part of government and I have nothing to add to what the NYSC has said”,

There have been renewed calls by Nigerians both on Social Media and on the electronic media for Adeosun to resign in the wake of the scandal. While the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), through its Deputy Director Timothy Adeale, has urged the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun to “without further delay show responsibility and clear the air over the damaging certificate forgery allegations against her and settle the facts of the case once and for all.”

The organization said, “Suspicions of certificate forgery involving a senior member of the government if not urgently and satisfactorily addressed, would weaken public trust in the government’s oft-expressed commitment to transparency and accountability.”

Yet, Mrs Adeosun is yet to make any official statement in reaction to the alleged scandal.

Also, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung had summoned the Director General of NYSC Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, to obtain first-hand information from the DG on what transpired and how far the scheme had gone with the investigation. Dalung promised that as soon as he was done getting the brief from the NYSC boss, he would brief Nigerians on the matter

In a fresh development, Hope For Nigeria, an activist group, posted on their Facebook page a statement which it claimed was made by the Minister of Finance Kemi`Adeosun. See the message below


I Don’t Know My NYSC Exemption Certificate Was Forged. Someone Did It For Me. – Kemi Adeosun, Finance Minister.

After about two weeks after the abnormalities surrounding the embattled Finance Minister, Ms Kemi Adeosun, she has broken her silence. Adeosun narrated that she did not apply for the exemption herself and not aware that what the ‘agent’ gave her was not from NYSC.

“I was born in London and also had all my education there. I graduated at 22 and started working immediately. When I returned to Nigeria in 2000s, I knew about the national labour law requirements, including NYSC participation or exemption, but didn’t know how to go about it.

I relied on 3rd parties to assist and it looks like they took inappropriate steps. I am shocked and equally embarrassed to learn about this. I should have checked before now and I accept the blame for their wrongdoing because they acted on my behalf.

I accept full responsibility for this incident and regret that it even happened in the first place. I am prepared to do whatever that is required to redeem these grave errors.

I regret any inconvenience that this may have caused the government which I currently serve and the good people of Nigeria.” Kemi Adeosun


The Allegation against her has now been proved to be true. Kemi forged her NYSC exemption certificate. She has only one option left and this is to resign. – @Hope For Nigeria.

Needless to say, the news went viral, until it was reported to be a fake news and not a statement made by the Minister. Our questions are,

Why is the Minister of Finance still silent on the certificate forgery scandal?

Does she think Nigerians don’t deserve an explanation from her?

Do you think she should be forgiven?

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