The National Youth Service Corps has stepped into the purported certificate scandal currently trailing the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.
Reacting to reports that Adeosun presented a forged NYSC certificate, the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adeyemi Adenike, on Monday, confirmed that the finance minister indeed applied for an Exemption Certificate.
The NYSC mouthpiece said: “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. Thank you.”
Reports claimed that the finance minister did not participate in the one-year compulsory national service, but rather forged an Exemption Certificate several years after her graduation.
The certificate, which is dated September 2009, was reportedly signed by an NYSC Director-General, Yusuf Bomoi, who already left the scheme in January 2009.
In November 2015, Adeosun was appointed as Minister of Finance under President Muhammadu Buhari after she had been cleared by the Department of State Services and by the Senate.
Meanwhile, the presidency yesterday stated that it had yet to receive official reports that the minister forged an exemption certificate amid claims that the National Assembly cleared her with the fake certificate during her screening.
The Finance Minister is yet to have the last of it after enraged Nigerians stormed the social media to demand her outright retrenchment from the Ministry.
A lot of people have expressed disappointment that both the security and legislature, which ought to have applied serious scrutiny during the screening of ministerial appointees failed to realise the alleged flop.
Meanwhile, some photos have been making waves across the social media of the Minister wearing an NYSC uniform.
The photos have been criticised by many who observed that it was a poorly done photoshop job where the 'artist' behind them superimposed the Minister's face on someone wearing the uniform.