Former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, in her letter of resignation to President Muhammadu Buhari reacted officially for the first time to the allegation of forging the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate.
In the letter dated 14th of September, 2018, she wrote the she relocate to Nigeria at the age of 34 year which is four years older than the 30-year limit for participation by NYSC scheme.
In her reaction, she blamed the alleged forgery on those she described as “trusted associates” who helped her to arrange the “exemption certificate”.
She stated that, “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.”
Adeosun also revealed that she decided to resign following an internal investigation ordered by President Buhari declaring the said exemption certificate as fake.