Kemi Adeosun, the disgraced former finance minister of Nigeria, has reportedly fled Nigeria back to her native Britain following her exit from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, September 14, 2018.
Inside sources in the presidency informed The Trent that the embattled finance minister was forced to resign after recommendation to Buhari by the secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha-led inquiry into the matter.
The timing of her resignation was designed to divert the attention of Nigerians from the nepotism of President Buhari in sacking a Bayelsa-born acting director of the State Security Services, SSS, also known as DSS and replacing him with his a man from Kano who is being recalled from retirement. The DSS serves as the country’s secret police.
In her resignation letter, Adeosun confirmed this information. “I have, today, [Friday, September 14, 2018] become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.”
According to a report in Premium Times, Mrs Adeosun, left Nigeria soon after tendering her resignation to the president 69 days after the online newspaper exposed that she had presented a forged National Youth Services Corps exemption certificate to obtain employment with the government.
When Adeosun resigned she admitted to presenting a forged document and claimed that since she was born, schooled, and worked in the United Kingdom all her life till she was 34, she assumed she was qualified for an exemption.
She attempted to absolve herself of the forgery and said she was “helped” to obtain the document after she was misled to believe that she qualified for same.
“Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, indeed my parental family home remains in London,” she wrote in her letter to the president.
“My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. 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.”
“She has left Nigeria,” a source told Premium Times said. “She most likely is in the UK by now.”