NYSC certificate: PDP cautions scheme against covering up for Buhari’s Minister, Adeosun

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday cautioned the
leadership of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, not to allow the
"Buhari Presidency to coerce it into sweeping under the carpet the
NYSC certificate forgery case against the Minister of Finance, Mrs
Kemi Adeosun, with a purported investigation."

Adeosun's official credentials reportedly showed that she parades an
alleged fake NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September
2009, granting her exemption from the mandatory national service on
account of age.

But, NYSC, in a statement by its Director of Press and Public
Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi said available records indicated that
Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate.

However, PDP in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan
said, "It is instructive for NYSC to note that all issues in the news
report that Mrs Adeosun forged her NYSC Exemption Certificate as well
as reports that the Presidency is mounting pressure on NYSC to cover
up for the minister are already in the public domain.

"Nigerians are closely monitoring this issue and the public is already
aware of the pressure on the NYSC leadership to announce a
misplacement of relevant files and other excuses to achieve a dead end
in the investigation.

"The NYSC must, therefore, know that its reputation is highly at stake
as Nigerians are already agitated over the questionable delay by the
Corps in coming out with an answer on a direct issue that requires a
simple computer or even manual file check at its headquarters.

"Indeed, a simple process of matching the serial numbering, date and
authorizing signature on Mrs Adeosun's certificate does not require a
lengthy investigation or the current shenanigan going on at the NYSC
headquarters.

"NYSC is advised to have in mind that in this age of global
Information Communication Technology (ICT), there is nothing anybody
can do to suppress or distort facts, even in the public service. Any
attempt to cover up will invoke the wrath of Nigerians and
irredeemably rubbish the integrity and respect the Corps has earned
over the years.

"The NYSC must therefore not allow its reputation to be dragged in the
mud by the discredited All Progressives Congress (APC)-led
administration that has become notorious for concealment of fraud and
sharp practices by its officials."

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