- The presidency has distanced itself from the comments made by Itse Sagay, a renowned lawyer in Nigeria over allegations on Kemi Adeosun, the finance minister
- Sagay had said that Adeosun, going by her professionalism and mettle, should not be sacked
- Femi Adesina, the spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that such remarks by Sagay does not reflect the position of the presidency
The presidency, through its spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, August 28, said that it does not buy the comments made by Itse Sagay, chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) on allegations of certificate forgery against the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, Premium Times reports.
Furthermore, Adesina said that contrary to popular views, the federal government is not silent on the allegations.
Sagay, in his comments said: “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.”
In reaction to this, Adesian stated: “It was a personal comment, that is not the position of the Government and Professor Sagay has a right to his opinion. It will not be down the alley of Professor Sagay to advise on that matter because it is not a corruption matter, so to speak.
“Of course, NYSC has spoken, it’s an agency of government, saying it is investigating. The minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has spoken a couple of times on this matter. So I wouldn’t call that silence.
"When probed on why it is taking the government and its agency, the NYSC, that long to come out with a position on the issue, he said, “(It is) Not how long but how well, and that wouldn’t qualify as silence… I am sure NYSC also has a spokesperson that you can follow up with.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Sagay had called on the NYSC to immediately release its findings on the controversy surrounding the alleged forgery of exemption certificate Adeosun.
Sagay who made this known during an interview with The Punch on Friday, July 13, said the NYSC would need to clear the air as soon as possible to prevent speculations and further distractions.
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