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Nigerians knock govt, NYSC over silence on finance minister’s certificate scandal

As Nigerian graduates enlisted in the next batch of the National Youth Service Corps begin their orientation course on August 28 at various camps across the country, prospective applicants trooped to social media to seek for the latest information about their postings. It, however, served as another opportunity for Nigerians to remind the corps that it is now 50 days since the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, was accused of forging her NYSC exemption certificate. Mrs Adeosun skipped the mandatory one year scheme and forged a certificate that showed she had been exempted from participation. The revelation elicited a public outrage from Nigerians, with the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, a nongovernmental organisation, petitioning the police inspector general demanding an investigation into the claims against the minister. The corps only response was a short statement on July 9 saying that it would investigate the claims. Nothing has been heard of the matter ever since. Two weeks ago, a civic group, the Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) sued the NYSC over its failure to disclose details of the certificate paraded by the minister. The group had earlier made a freedom of information request to the NYSC which the agency refused to honour. On Sunday, exactly 50 days after the scandal broke, Nigerians trooped to social media to berate the government over its silence on the incident.

By: Welsh Jeje

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