Nigeria finance minister resigns amid certificate fraud

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of finance minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of finance minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun

As finance minister, Adeosun, 51, helped lead the economy out of its worst slump in 25 years after the price of crude, its main export, fell.

THE WHISTLER recalls that Adeosun's alleged certificate forgery was first brought to the public domain after PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported months back that the minister allegedly submitted "fake" NYSC certificate in 2015 when President Muhmmadu Buhari appointed her finance minister.

In her statement on Friday, Adeosun said her understanding was that she was exempted from the scheme because she had moved back to Nigeria from Britain, where she was born, after she had passed the required minimum age. "The President thanked the Minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits", he said.


The presidency approved that the minister of state for budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, would oversee the Finance Ministry with immediate effect, it said on its official Twitter account.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna, where she was born, and an MBA from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. "It was a decision she took and posterity will judge her positively for doing the honourable thing by resigning from office", the aide said.

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