Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun resigns (REASONS)

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari accepted Adeosun's resignation on Friday night, 69 days after the scandal of her fake NYSC credential broke into the Nigerian media.

"We acknowledge the resignation of KemiAdeosun from office as Minister of Finance, but insist on her immediate arrest and prosecution for deserting national service and forging her NYSC Exemption Certificate in addition to alleged impropriety and abuse of office", PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said in a statement.

Kemi Adeosun has reportedly left Nigeria 24 hours after she resigned as the country's Minister of Finance.

"The President thanked the minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits", his office said, adding that deputy budget minister, Zainab Ahmed, would oversee her portfolio.

The former investment banker said she was issued with a certificate that she thought was genuine.

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The 58-year-old is also a former Exective Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

The dual Nigerian and British national did not initially comment on the claims, leading to criticism from her opponents.

"Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter".

Adeosun, born and raised in the United Kingdom, explained that her "trusted associates" got her the now questionable document because she was not "familiar with their [NYSC] operations". For me at my own end as the first son of the ministry, for now it's a no. Until recent events, that remained my understanding. I then received the certificate in question. Indeed, I presented that certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for Directorate of State Services (DSS) Clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening.

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