No doubt, these are trying times for embattled ex Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. It has now been reported that the former finance minister has departed Nigeria. This is coming 24 hours after her resignation as close associates confirm.
According to Premium times, close associates of the former minister said she departed for the UK today. Several calls put across to her Nigerian number rang through each time in the Europe internal phone ringing effect.
Adeosun resigned yesterday following the scandal about her NYSC discharge certificate.
Mrs Adeosun’s certificate scandal was first blown by PREMIUM TIMES in a July 7 story which detailed how the minister skipped the mandatory national service and forged an exemption certificate to cover for it.
The year-long service, organised by the NYSC is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from a university or equivalent institution at the age of 30 or below.
In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.
On Friday, the Presidency announced her resignation from office, and released the resignation letter in which Mrs Adeosun owned up to the crime. She said she was “helped” by some unnamed associates to get the exemption certificate.
“Her resignation should not be the end of it. She should be investigated and prosecuted for committing a number of crimes,” Mr Sule told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday morning.