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Federal government keeps silent, hands over Adeosun’s certificate scandal to NYSC




THE federal government is still unspeaking on the allegation of forgery against Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, five days after the the story was published.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, refused to comment on the issue after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday at the State House, Abuja.

“The government has spoken. NYSC is part of government and I have nothing to add to what the NYSC has said,” Mohammed said.

Premium Times, Saturday, published a report claiming that Adeosun forged her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate. According to the report, Adeosun, graduated from  university in the United Kingdom at the age of 22 but did not return to the country to take part in the one-year national service which is mandatory for every Nigerian that graduated before the age of 30.

When Adeosun eventually returned to the country, she worked in several organisations despite having not served, in contravention of the NYSC Act. Later in 2009, Adeosun was alleged to have fraudulently procured a fake exemption certificate.

One of the features that showed that Adeosun’s certificate was fake, according to Premium Times, was that the certificate was purportedly signed in September 2009 by Yusuf Bomoi, who was said to have left the NYSC in January 2009.

On Monday, Adeyemi Adenike, a spokesperson of the NYSC issued a short statement, saying that Adeosun did apply for an exemption certificate. Adenike, however, did not state when the application was made or whether it was granted.

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Adeosun is yet to comment on the allegation. She was present at Wednesday’s FEC meeting.

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