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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Nigerians React As Kemi Adeosun Finally Resigns As Finance Minister

The Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun has resigned. Vanguard gathered that she resigned her appointment on Friday. However, Adeosun’s aides denied her resignation. Vanguard gathered that officials of the Presidential Villa who were shocked by the news were also calling the minister’s aides for confirmation.
Also reports have it that President Muhammadu Buhari decided on Kemi Adeosun’s fate some few weeks ago. Two sources close to the government told SaharaReporters on Friday that the UK-born Minister had resigned, but it has now emerged that it was the President who indeed “told Adeosun to go”. Although no official statement has been released on the issue, but reliable sources confirmed her resignation on Friday. The 51-year-old former minister is reported to have resigned following pressure arising from her questionable NYSC discharge certificate.

In November 2015, Adeosun was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance by President Muhammadu Buhari. Kemi was born in 1967 in London, England to Nigerian parents from Ogun State. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994 and she was qualified for NYSC exemption on return to Nigeria after clocking above 30 years of age. The story has been out there that Adeosun forged her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
Although she was qualified to formally obtain an exemption because she was above 30, her exemption certificate has been questioned.
She initially ignored the forgery report, but her handlers later explained that she was not guilty. They painted those digging into the story as mischief-makers who wanted to pull down a woman of substance. The NYSC headquarters also came up with a terse statement that she indeed applied for an exemption and that it was looking into the matter. Some citizens had dragged her to the Federal High Court in Abuja which has fixed October 8 to hear the suit asking it to sack her from office.

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Ahmed Qudus Ayinde

SR claimed that their reliable source does not know when the resignation will be effective because the minister was seen working in her office as at the time of the report.

Mac David Akwuking

She must continue what she has started.. Madam we die here.. U are not going anywhere... Resign kee u dia!

Ahmed Qudus Ayinde

It's finally official. Femi Adesina has released a statement stating the approval of the President to the resignation of the honourable former minister.

Emeka Chiagoro

NTA News tonight revealed that PMB has accepted her resignation and that the minister of National Planning have been mandated to oversee the Finance Ministry.

Josephine A. Muyiwa-Afolabi

Kemi Adeosun finally leaves office...

Dear Excellency,

Let me commence by thanking you profusely for the honour and privilege of serving under your inspirational leadership. It has been a truly rewarding experience to learn from you and to observe at close quarters your integrity and sense of duty.

I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.

Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, indeed my parental family home remains in London. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. I obtained my first Nigerian passport at the age of thirty-four (34) and when I relocated there was debate as to whether NYSC Law applied to me. Upon enquiry as to my status relating to NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of thirty (30), I was exempted from the requirement to serve. Until recent events, that remained my understanding.

On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those, I thought were trusted associates, NYSC were approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question. Having never worked in NYSC, visited the premises, been privy to nor familiar with their operations, I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine. 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. Be that as it may, as someone totally committed to a culture of probity and accountability I have decided to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September, 2018.

Your Excellency, It has been an exceptional privilege to have served our nation under your leadership and to have played a role in steering our economy at a very challenging time. I am proud that Nigeria has brought discipline into its finances, has identified and is pursuing a path to long term sustainable growth that will unlock the potential in this great economy. Under your leadership, Nigeria was able to exit recession and has now started to lay the foundations for lasting growth and wealth creation. Repositioning this huge economy is not a short term task and there are no short cuts, indeed there are tough decisions still to be made but I have no doubt that your focus on infrastructural investment, revenue mobilisation and value for money in public expenditure will deliver growth, wealth and opportunity for all Nigerians.

I thank His Excellency, the Vice President and my colleagues in the Federal Executive Council for the huge pleasure and honour of working with them. I also thank most specially, the team in the ‘Finance Family’ of advisers and heads of agencies under the Ministry of Finance. Your Excellency, this group of committed Nigerians represent a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. They have worked well above and beyond the call of duty to support me in the tasks assigned. The diversity in my team and their ability to work cohesively to deliver reforms, convinces me that Nigeria has the human capital required to succeed.

Your Excellency, let me conclude by commending your patience and support, during the long search for the truth in this matter. I thank you again for giving me the honour of serving under your leadership, it is a rare privilege, which I do not take for granted. As a Nigerian and committed progressive, I appreciate you for your dogged commitment to improving this nation.

Please be assured, as always, of my highest regards and best wishes

Kemi Adeosun (Mrs)

Omotoyosí Okìkíola Usman

I wish the youths can wake up from their slumber and vote right come 2019

John Valentine

But has she done her job proper? .pls u people should allow the woman rest.

Ogar Paul Adogo

President has confirmed and accepted her resignation

Daniel Orji

they are deceiving themselves'yoruba adege says" ole lo ji...ole lo gbaa...

Ben Otas

Buhari has lost one of his bests
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