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Hero or villain? Reactions to Adeosun’s purported resignation
WHILE the federal government is yet to confirm or deny the reported resignation of the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Nigerians are arguing whether she should be seen as being honourable (that’s if she truly resigned) or merely bowing to pressure.
On the one hand, many say Adeosun has done the right thing and deserves to be commended for towing the path of honour and deciding to step aside, even though she has been one of the shining lights of Buhari’s administration.
But on the other hand, some said that Adeosun did not qualify to be appointed a minister in the first, therefore the best thing would be for her to face prosecution and appropriate punishment meted out to her by the courts, as a deterrence to others.
Another group, however, said the Adeosun resignation saga was just a ploy by the federal government to divert the attention of Nigerians from Thursday’s controversial change of leadership of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The ICIR complied some of the views on the ongoing discussion and invites you to have your on say:
I have just received, with sadness, news that Kemi Adeosun has resigned. She is a talented, courageous woman who drove a lot of important reforms as Minister of Finance. However, the NYSC saga had made her position untenable & the situation was only going to go from bad to worse.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun has resigned but that is not enough. She must be prosecuted for forgery.
Then she should be probed to investigate the possible cases of blackmail she may have been party to.
— Faisal (@JajaPhD) September 14, 2018
Wait, so they've asked Kemi Adeosun to resign in order to make us forget yesterday's Nepotistic DSS appointment by Buhari?
Dei sorkrificed Kemi, innit?
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) September 14, 2018
The really sad thing about the (purported) resignation of (former) finance minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, is that it's not likely to be an acknowledgement of wrongdoing – otherwise, it should have come long ago. It's about every other consideration BUT the most important. #Truth
— Remi Sonaiya (@oluremisonaiya) September 14, 2018
IF indeed Kemi Adeosun has resigned, she has my respect for towing the path of honour. I wish she had done this long ago.
If there was alleged forgery, I guess the police will investigate further & prosecute if proven.
When the system works, we all benefit. Kids are watching
— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) September 14, 2018
There was nothing honourable in @HMKemiAdeosun resignation. It is over 2 months since the story of her certificate forgery broke. She never deemed it right once to address it. she was waiting for her god-fathers to save her but she was sacrificed because of the 2019 elections.
— Abiola Dauda (@77abiola) September 14, 2018
She should have done this noble thing long ago, but it’s never too late.
Though the National Service does not determine whom one becomes in life, but we are a nation governed by laws. And these laws must be respected at ALL times, if we are to be seen as a serious democracy.
— Kene (@TheKene1) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun’s rumoured resignation is a smokescreen and we should be wary of “progressive characters and their boys” who’ll use this occasion to sweep her alleged criminal actions under the rug. Resigning has no place under the rule of law but arrest and prosecution does.
— Abdulaziz Bakare (@Backarray) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun has done the Honourable thing and resigned over her NYSC scandal. I don't remember the last time a top government official did that.
Top woman 👏
— adeda (@tosinadeda) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun has resigned, she made a good decision, this is strange in a country like Nigeria where it’s almost an abomination for leaders to resign. I commend her!
— King Sola (@Solar_unique) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun resigns following months of silence over NYSC Certificate forgery scandal.
What I don’t understand are the people giving her thumbs up for resigning. This person should have never been in office in the first instance, so there’s nothing noble about her resignation.
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) September 14, 2018
Nigerian politicians should take a cue from Kemi Adeosun's resignation honestly…. Shows she has respect for both the country and its institutions. I'm really impressed
— Pope Piano (@yeankhar) September 14, 2018
Kemi Adeosun resigns? Good can we arrest her? Forget the certificate forgery….economic sabotage please…how in hell are we so indebted and so poor I'm a matter of three years?
— Imoh Umoren (@ImohUmoren) September 14, 2018
I'm OK with Kemi Adeosun's resignation and I feel sorry for her even though I wanted her to resign.
Woman did too much in a short time that treasury looters had to make sure dirt was dug up on her.
However, she just trod where many never dare to tread
— SoulJah (@jeffphilips1) September 14, 2018
Applauding Kemi Adeosun for resigning on the basis of a criminal scandal after about 3 months of media backslash is a new low for our society. Especially when the alleged criminal is yet to tender an apology for wrongdoing @EiENigeria @segalink
— Pranthyl (@pranthyl) September 14, 2018
Whether Adeosun resigns or remains at her job, many Nigerians already have formed an opinion about her certificate saga.