IT is six days already – four working days – since Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, was accused of possessing a fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate.
Nigerians wonder whether the issue has been swept under the carpet.
Many who commented on the issue on twitter say federal government’s silence could be a ploy to buy time, perhaps in the hope that the case would soon be forgotten.
Jake Nathan Corleone, a twitter user, shared a post on twitter saying, “We’ve forgotten about Kemi Adeosun low-key. This is the easiest country to govern.”
We've forgotten about Kemi Adeosun low-key.
This is the easiest country to govern.
— Jake (@Hitee_) July 11, 2018
Here are what many other persons wrote about the Adeosun’s certificate forgery scandal:
Just the way we forgot about buhari waec certificate, maina gate, ikoyi gate, babachir clearing scam.
— SHOLAYEMI NANNA (@OLAYE_NANNA) July 12, 2018
The average Nigerian has a 2 week memory span.
— Ayò Edgal (@Mr_Edgal) July 12, 2018
Honestly…. even Evans the kidnapper has gone under
— Prettyify (@yellowbarbey) July 11, 2018
@mareda0 We don’t take anything serious in this country, even Nigeria itself is a very Unserious country to be in. ????
— MFONOBONG (@Graysuga) July 12, 2018
5days later NYSC can’t verify Kemi Adeosun’s certificate. Obviously, she forged what she presented. But nothing will happen to her. She’s been promoted to the prestigious league of APC’s corrupt untouchables~Maina, Babachir, Amaechi, Buratai, Kari are all there.
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) July 11, 2018
5 days you said?@PremiumTimesng sent their letter to them on 16th April, that’s 3 months!
It’s taken them 3 century months to verify that certificate!
— Son of the soil (@alegallawyer) July 11, 2018
It’s unfortunate because most of us even with our PhD certificate can’t find a decent well paid job. Corruption won’t cease till government starts to lead by example.
— Agbakahi (@LauraUj) July 12, 2018
Naija my country…it takes less dan 24hrs to move on to anoda occurrence and notin is done.
— Habbysmiles (@Habby_smiles) July 12, 2018
No response at all. They don’t rate us.
— A. A (@ronkizzle93) July 11, 2018
literally these folks can murder entire villages, pillage us into extreme poverty and we just try to cope with it.
— Imoh Umoren (@ImohUmoren) July 12, 2018
Premium Times broke the story about Adeosun’s NYSC certificate forgery on Saturday, July 7. Since then, the only official response to the report has been a two-paragraph statement issued by Adeyemi Adenike, NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, which did not do much to address the allegation.
“Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun,” the statement read.
“Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate. We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.”
After the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, told journalists that he could not comment further on the scandal, adding that the explanation by the NYSC is the federal government’s position on the matter.