NYSC Certificate Scandal: Adeosun Resigns After 69 Days

Is Kemi Adeosun going to face prosecution now that she has resigned

"As someone totally committed to a culture of probity and accountability I have chose to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September 2018", Adeosun said in her resignation sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

LEADERSHIP recalls that resignation followed the allegation of not serving the compulsory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and obtaining a certificate that has not been authenticated by the body.

PDP also insisted on holding the president responsible for "all infractions in the finance ministry under Adeosun, as he appointed and retained her despite having information on the certificate forgery; a situation that confirms the decadence and lack of due diligence in the Buhari Presidency".

A statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, called for Adeosun's immediate arrest and prosecution, while also alleging that there were plans by the Federal Government to "help her evade prosecution", by secretly moving her out of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari accepted Adeosun's resignation on Friday night, 69 days after the scandal of her fake NYSC credential broke into the Nigerian media.

The dual Nigerian and British national did not initially comment on the claims, leading to criticism from her opponents.

She said, "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". Her flagship policy was a bid to improve tax collection and shore up the country's finances by cracking down on mismanagement by government agencies.

Buhari took office in 2015 after an election campaign largely fought on his vow to fight corruption, but his detractors have accused him of failing to investigate allies accused of wrongdoing.

The west African country emerged from recession previous year, but growth remains sluggish and largely dependent on higher oil prices, despite the stated aim of Buhari's administration to increase non-oil revenues.

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