- Professor Itse Sagay says the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, will remain in her position despite being accused of forgery
- Sagay, who is the chairman of PACAC, says Adeosun is valuable to the present administration, which cannot afford to lose her
- There is an allegation that the minister of finance forged an NYSC exemption certificate because she skipped the programme
The chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), has faulted calls for the removal of Kemi Adeosun as finance minister over the allegation that she skipped the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme and forged an exemption certificate.
The Nation reports that Sagay said Adeosun would remain the minister of finance despite the forgery scandal, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari "cannot afford to lose that woman.”
NAIJ.com gathers that he said he did not know why the government had not reacted to the forgery allegation
Sagay said: “But, let me tell you my reaction. This woman is a brilliant and extremely valuable member of this government.
“A lot of the good things happening now - the welfare that Nigerians are enjoying and are going to enjoy, because it takes time, and the way our economy is booming, how we got out of recession - are due to her expertise, her commitment, her sacrifice.
“There is nothing in this world that will make me remove such a woman from the government. The PDP can weep from now until there is no tear in their body; she is going to be there. We cannot afford to lose that woman.
Asked if one has committed an offence by skipping NYSC, Sagay said: “Who cares about youth service? I don’t bloody care whether she did youth service or not. It’s irrelevant as far as I am concerned.”
On the alleged forgery, he said: “I don’t believe it. I don’t see anything serious about not doing youth service. I don’t see anything serious about it. That’s my own bias, not government’s.
“I’m telling you now. If you ask me - If I were President Buhari, I would never, ever touch that woman because she’s good.
“The enemies of this government want to reduce his capacity to provide good governance by engaging in social media attacks and trying to get rid of her. It will not work.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Oduduwa Development Initiatives (ODI) described the NYSC exemption certificate forgery allegation concerning the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, as an affront on the Yoruba race.
The group reacted to the forgery allegation via its president, Olasumbo Akinyele, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
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