Presidency speaks on Adeosun’s certificate scandal, explains why Buhari is yet to act


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The Presidency on Monday reacted to the certificate forgery surrounding the embattled Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

Recall that online news portal, Premium Times, about two months ago reported how the minister skipped the compulsory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) despite graduating at the age of 22 to later get a forged exemption certificate from NYSC.

The presidency, however, expressed optimism that the certificate forgery scandal  the finance minister, would soon be proven as false, claiming that investigations are still on

It, however, said the government would take the appropriate action immediately details of the investigations are made public.

Recall that in August, Lai Mohammed, the information minister, said the appropriate agency was still investigating the allegations against Ms Adeosun and that the president would only act at the end of the probe.

So far, the corps’ only comment on the scandal was a short statement on July 9 saying it would investigate the claims.

On Monday, in the Presidency’s first public comment on the matter, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the allegations against a key member of the administration were yet to be proven.

Shehu, who was responding to allegations of corruption against top officials of the administration said ‘some persons’ were looking forward to a predetermined outcome from the allegations hence their disappointment with the government’s (in)action so far.

“The minister of information has spoken on the matter. And a process is ongoing to address the allegations. When that process is complete, Nigerians will know the outcome,”  Shehu said during an interview on AIT’s Kakaaki.

“Some people want a particular outcome and because they are yet to see this outcome, they are not happy. Give it (investigation) time. There is a process ongoing,” Shehu said.

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He said the Presidency would act when it has all the facts.

“It’s an allegation. If it is proven, you will see what will happen. The minister and the NYSC have spoken on the matter,” he added.

When challenged on the length of time the ‘investigation’ was taking, Shehu said: “It is not for me to decide (the duration). I don’t have the full facts of the matter, so why the investigation is not out, I don’t know. I hope there will be an early outcome.

“Don’t forget, these people (Mrs Adeosun and other indicted officials), whose names are being dragged in the mud have families and relatives. We hope their innocence will be established,” he said.


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