As report of Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun reportedly forging her NYSC certificate has gone viral, Nigeria’s former Minister of Aviation and PDP Chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode has waded into the controversy.
In new tweets targeted at President Buhari and Kemi Adeosun, Femi Fani-Kayode recounted how Nigeria went into recession because of Kemi Adeosun who he described as a ‘low class cockney-accented peasant from the slums of East-End London and a barely-educated misfit’.
His tweet reads;
“Only a primitive and savage cow-loving herdsman can appoint a low class cockney-accented peasant from the slums of East-End London and a barely-educated misfit with a forged NYSC certificate as Minister of Finance.
“No wonder we are in a recession! Its time for Kemi Adeosun to resign!”
Premium Times broke the news of Kemi Adeosun failing to participate in the mandatory service scheme, after completion of her university education in London.
Nigeria’s 23rd Finance minister, 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 allegedly forged an exemption certificate many years after her graduation from the University of East London, Premium Times reports.
It was also alleged in the report that Adeosun’s official credentials show that she parades a purported NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September 2009, granting her exemption from the mandatory service on account of age.
The National Youths Service Corps coordinates the National Youths service, a one-year-long service compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions and are below the age of 30. The service is a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria. The Nigerian law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.
The Section 13 of the NYSC law states that eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2,000 fine. Subsection 3 of the same section of the NYSC law also prescribes three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine for anyone who contravenes the provision of the law.
In subsection 4 of the same section, giving false information or obtaining the agency’s certificate illegally is criminal with a jail sentence of up to three-years.