Nigeria’s embattled finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, on Wednesday returned to Twitter and broke her long silence on her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate scandal.
Since PREMIUM TIMES exposed the scandal more than a month ago, Mrs Adeosun has kept a low profile in her public appearance, including staying off tweeting with her official twitter handle, @HMKemiAdeosun.
The last time she tweeted with the handle was on June 19.
But, on Wednesday, the minister, returned to the social media platform but still refused to speak on the weighty allegation that she forged her NYSC exemption certificate in 2009.
Instead, she announced that she presented two memos for approval to the Executive Council of the Federation (FEC), which has equally failed to act on the clamour by Nigerians for the minister to defend herself over the forgery scandal.
Mrs Adeosun said the memos included the one for a $150 million World Bank credit facility in support of polio eradication.
The other was for the contracts for the procurement of three units of Rapiscan Mobile Cargo Scanner-Eagle M60, which she said will help the Nigeria Customers Service (NCS) screen containers at the ports.
She said the contract included a 30 months on-site service/support and maintenance, training of 120 officers, and integration of Rapiscan Eagle M60 Scanners into Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System II.
On the World Bank credit facility, the minister said the objective was to assist the federal government in its global polio eradication effort fight.
The minister said the credit facility would also help sustain at least 80 per cent coverage with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) immunisation in every state in the country and improve routine immunisation.
She said the project would be coordinated by National Primary Health Care Development Agency at the federal level, and implemented in the 12 lagging states of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara.
The World Bank facility, Mrs Adeosun said, would provide the needed funds to avoid any disruption in polio eradication activities, sustain coverage and prevent deterioration in routine immunization.
“If there are no new cases by July 2019, Nigeria will be certified polio-free,” the minister tweeted.
“It is important to know that Nigeria is making significant progress on polio eradication. The country has officially interrupted the transmission of wild polio virus with no recorded cases in the last 21 months.”
Mrs Adeosun’s return to twitter did not go unnoticed by Nigerians, however, most of whom have been waiting patiently for her response to the certificate forgery scandal.
Wilfred Akinyeke, who tweeted with the handle, @WilfredAkinyeke, reacted to Mrs Adeosun’s string of tweets; expressing disappointment that she failed to address the issue.
“I initially thought you will provide critical information on the forgery… Go and clear your name ma. Save your face and maintain your integrity if you have one.”
I initially thought you will provide critical information on the forgery… Go and clear your name ma. Save your face and maintain your integrity if you have one.
— Wilfred A. Akinyeke (@WilfredAkinyeke) August 8, 2018
Another person who tweeted in response to the minister’s tweets, M I R A B I L I S 🔥, who tweeted with the handle, @mirabilidei, said: “You have no moral right to continue in office Madam. Go and clear your name.”
You have no moral right to continue in office Madam
Go and clear your name
— M I R A B I L I S 🔥 (@mirabilidei) August 8, 2018
For Ogundare Oluwaseyi tweeting with the handle, @counselorseun, “Wao! U still dey? Pls, I want Phd certificate where can I get it?”
Wao! U still dey?pls,I want p.hd certificate where can i get it?
— Ogundare Oluwaseyi s (@counselorseun) August 8, 2018
In his reaction, Wiseman Izuchukwu, with the twitter handle, @WisemanIzunna, lacked words to convey his surprise that Mrs Adeosun could still speak. He just said: “Finally Kemi speaks…”
Finally Kemi speaks…
— Wiseman Izuchukwu (@WisemanIzunna) August 8, 2018
Another response came from someone with the twitter handle, @Mansurzannah, who said: “Anty Kemi the Mother of certificate forgery.”
Anty kemi the Mother of certificate forgery.
— plug 🔌 (@Mansurzannah) August 8, 2018
One Andy Bassey with the twitter handle, @andybassey76, said sarcastically: “Hahahah madam certificate…. so you are still in office…… remember this govt is govt of integrity ooo”
Hahahah madam certificate…. so you are still in office…… remember this govt is govt of integrity ooo
— andybassey (@andybassey76) August 8, 2018
Another person, Kelvin. Igwe (Esq.), with twitter handle, @IgweOfficial, said: “Ok but where is your NYSC certificate?”
Ok but where is your NYSC certificate?
— Kelvin. Igwe (Esq.) (@IgweOfficial) August 8, 2018