Buhari accepts Kemi Adeosun’s resignation, appoints Zainab Ahmed as replacement

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

The resignation followed the allegation of not serving the compulsory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and obtaining a certificate that the NYSC have disowned.

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of Kemi Adeosun as minister of finance. "This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration's focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign".

Kemi Adeosun, who lived in the United Kingdom until she was 34, said she had been told she was exempt because she was over 30.

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According to a Friday statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Ahmed was appointed after Mrs Kemi Adeosun resigned her position. Her flagship policy was a bid to improve tax collection and shore up the country's finances by cracking down on mismanagement by government agencies. The government said it was investigating the matter.

Under the scheme introduced in the early 1970s to promote unity among Nigeria's multi-ethnic groups following a 30-month brutal civil war, graduates younger than 30 are expected to serve the nation for one year.

The party also called on President Buhari to arrest and prosecute the former minister. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

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