What Is 16 + 6? Nigeria’s Finance Minister Appears To Not Know...

What Is 16 + 6? Nigeria’s Finance Minister Appears To Not Know Simple Maths [WATCH]

By Ebenezer Olatunji | News Reporter on February 21, 2016
Nigeria's finance minister, Kemi Adeosun
IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde (m) visits Nigeria on January 5, 2016. On the right is Nigeria's minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun| Reuters/IMF Staff/Stephen Jaffe

Nigeria’s finance minister, London trained accountant, Kemi Adeosun has been trending on Facebook for a gaffe she made at a press briefing.

A video shared by Oak TV on YouTube shows Ms. Adeosun throwing accusations of graft at an unnamed examination body in Nigeria. She said that the agency budgeted N6 billion for its expenses in 2015, and made N16 billion as income, but reported N3 million.

In the process, Adeosun added N6 billion and N16 billion and said it was N24 billion. Social media users were quick to point out that the correct answer is actually N22 billion. Gaffe, slip-of-tongue, brain freeze, honest mistake? Whatever!

But, we can’t help noticing that she was talking about the Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and that this may be the next #DasukiGate, given the anti-corruption focus of the Buhari government.

You may watch the video below to capture the moment 16 + 6 became N24.

Adeosun is a chartered accountant who has served as commissioner of Finance in Ogun State.


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