Around the noontime on Friday, September 14, news, though yet to be fully confirmed, broke out that the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, has finally resigned.
Recall that the minister has been facing a backlash from Nigerians since a report, published by Premium Times, accused her of not participating in the compulsion National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) and also obtaining a forged NYSC exemption certificate.
Since the report emerged, Nigerians across all divides had been calling on the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to probe the allegations and sack the minister if found guilty.
About 62 days after the news broke out, the minister has not publicly addressed the issue. Thus, the news about her resignation came unprecedented, leading to intense reactions from Nigerians, across social media platforms.
NAIJ.com in this report collects some of the major reactions to the alleged resignation, giving equal attention to the divergent perspectives on the issue.
The reactions under this category represents the views of those who see the minister as an asset to the Buhari-led administration but believed that the resignation was the right move if truly she was guilty of the accusations.
Those who have been expection the resignation since:
The views collated here belong to those who did not see the move as a surprise; they have been waiting for it to happen.
Those who think the minister, beyond resignation, should be prosecuted:
Represented in this category are the views of those that believe that Adeosun's resignation is not enough. They are of the view that if she is truly guilty of the accusations, she should be made to face the law.
A public official resigning is still relatively an unusual occurence in the Nigerian political space. Thus, there are some people who find the minister's alleged resignation surprising.
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Earlier, NAIJ.com reported an anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, called for probe into the certificate scandals involving Senator Ademola Adeleke and the minister of finance, Adeosun.
In a statement signed by its co-convener, Ezenwa Nwagwu, the group said it has, through the legal instrument of the Freedom Of Information Act, written to the relevant authorities to respond to the allegations against the duo.
Nwagwu said there were obvious discrepancies in the two certificates presented by Senator Adeleke to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stressing that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) needs to verify the authenticity of the result.
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