#AdeosunGate: Faced with certificate forgery scandal, Nigeria’s finance minister stays off social media

Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)
Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)

Since the story of her forged NYSC certificate was made public about a month ago, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has almost completely steered clear of her social media handles.

The PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that apart from skipping the NYSC scheme, Mrs Adeosun also procured a forged National Youth Service Corps certificate. Skipping the national service scheme and forging an official document attracts up to four years combine jail sentence.

Neither Mrs Adeosun nor President Muhammadu Buhari has deemed it fit to comment on the revelation. Mr Buhari has also ignored calls by Nigerian to take punitive action against the finance minister, despite making anti-corruption his government’s loudest slogan and publicly vowing to punish his aides caught indulging in corrupt acts.

But since July 7, when the revelation was first published, PREMIUM TIMES observed that Mrs Adeosun, who used to be very active on Facebook and Twitter posting update of her ministry’s plans, policies and events, has suddenly gone quiet.

An analysis of posts on Facebook shows that from January to June she made an average of seven posts per month; but only made one post in July, which was her last.

The comments under that post, which was made on July 12, five days after PREMIUM TIMES’ revelation was published, may have forced Mrs Adeosun to stay off social media. Many of the comments under the post advised her to respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ revelation while some reminded her that her continued silence would not have been acceptable in the United Kingdom, where was educated.

“The audacity of this people in government. No response to forged NYSC certificate allegation but continues as if everyone is a fool to demand clarification. God what have we done to deserve this kind of leadership in 2018?,” wrote Aj Odunowo underneath the post.

“So, this woman has no shame at all. There is a weighty allegation of forgery against her and she is here giving us press statement. The economy of Nigeria is not safe in the hand of a woman who can have the boldness to forge her certificate. Madam forger, Scammer, looter,” wrote another commenter, Jane Wendy.

“Go and clear your name from NYSC forgery scam before you can talk to Nigerians again, scammer, can you do this in UK where you were brought up, you can only fool people for a short time,” wrote Okite Chima, another of her Facebook followers.

However, some of the comments rose to her defence stating, erroneously, that the revelation was aimed to bring her down politically.

Similarly, on Twitter, where the minister had been more prolific posting an average of 41 tweets and retweets a month between January and June, she has not posted nor retweeted any tweet since the story was published. Her last tweet on the social media site was on June 19.

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