The media are awash with unconfirmed reports that Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has resigned from the Federal cabinet.
Though it is uncertain when exactly the Minister’s resignation is expected to take effect, available reports said she is currently attending to official matters on her desk at the Federal Ministry of Finance Headquarters, Abuja.
A Daily Trust online report attributed Adeosun’s purported resignation to the controversy over her non possession of a valid discharge certificate from the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC).
According to sources, Mrs Adeosun is said to have hinged her decision to quit the Federal executive Council (FEC) because her continuous stay in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet ‘is becoming untenable and is hurting the President in the run up to the 2019 election.’
The storm over the NYSC certificate forgery has been raging in the polity with the Federal High Court in Abuja fixing October 8, 2018 to hear a suit demanding that the Finance Minister be sacked from office for not possessing a valid NYSC discharge certificate.
A constitutional lawyer, Mr Francis Obalim, had approached the court, seeking an order to quash and set aside Adeosun’s appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Buhari.
It stated that the appointment was an act undertaken in breach of mandatory Sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act that is an integral part of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
As at the time of filing this report, details of the speculated resignation by Mrs Adeosun were still sketchy, even as the Director of Information in the Ministry, Hassan Dodo said he has no official information on the issue.
Also, calls put through to the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Oluyinka Akintunde did not connect as his line was constantly on busy tone