In its first public reaction to the forgery allegation levelled against the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Presidency, yesterday, said the allegations were unproven, noting that naysayers were bent on nailing her irrespective of investigations.
Mrs. Adeosun was alleged to have presented forged Exemption Certificate from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, as part of her credentials to the Senate in an investigation conducted by online newspaper, Premium Times.
The NYSC and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had in separate assertions, claimed that investigation into the matter was ongoing.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, while appearing on African Independent Television, AIT, morning show, Kakaaki, yesterday said: “The Minister of Information has spoken on the matter. And a process is ongoing to address the allegations. When that process is completed, Nigerians will know the outcome.
“Some people want a particular outcome, and because they are yet to see this outcome, they are not happy. Give it (investigation) time. There is a process ongoing.
“It’s an allegation. If it is proven, you will see what will happen. The minister and the NYSC have spoken on the matter.”
Tasked on the length of the investigation which reportedly commenced at the time the allegation first broke 66 days ago, the presidential spokesman said: “It is not for me to decide (the duration). I don’t have the full facts of the matter, so why the investigation is not out, I don’t know. I hope there will be an early outcome.
“Don’t forget, these people (Mrs. Adeosun and other indicted officials), whose names are being dragged in the mud have families and relatives. We hope their innocence will be established.”
Responding to the development yesterday, PDP spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said: “They have come to their wit’s end in their game of deceiving Nigerians, that is why they can say that they are still investigating.
“Every Nigerian is aware that if you are aged 22 at graduation, you cannot get an exemption from the NYSC. That fact speaks for itself, so they should stop pretending and face the fact that their Minister of Finance absconded from national service and even forged an exemption letter. This further portrays this government as fraudulent.” – Vanguard.