It has been a tough week for Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun, who has maintained absolute silence ever since she was accused of forging her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate.
In the heat of the barrage of backlash accompanying Adeosun’s saga, the NYSC has also assured Nigerians to investigate the origin of the “purported exemption certificate” in question.
The trouble started when an online newspaper Premium Times reported that the minister forged an exemption certificate after failing to do the one-year national service, which is mandatory for graduates that are below 30 years at the time of graduation.
Breaking its silence on the matter yesterday, the management of the NYSC issued a terse statement saying that based on its records, the finance minister had applied for an exemption certificate.
Meanwhile, all efforts to get the reaction of the minister has failed.
Her Special Adviser, Media & Communications, Mr Oluyinka Akintunde neither answered several calls put to his phone nor responded to text and email messages sent to him by TheNewsGuru.com.
Mr Akintunde however later circulated a picture of the minister hosting some officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by its Mission Chief for Nigeria, Amine Mati, in the minister’s office yesterday.
According to reports, journalists who usually covered such events for the minister were not invited for the event.
In the statement signed by the Director, Press and Publications Relations, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, the scheme however vowed to investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.
“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.
“Checking our records, Mrs Adeosun did apply for an exemption certificate. We shall investigate the origin of the purported exemption certificate in question,” Adenike said.
The NYSC management did not however say if the minister was actually given the exemption certificate which she applied for.