As Nigerian graduates enlisted in the next batch of the National Youth Service Corps begin their orientation course on August 28 at various camps across the country, prospective applicants trooped to social media to seek for the latest information about their postings.
It, however, served as another opportunity for Nigerians to remind the corps that it is now 50 days since the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, was accused of forging her NYSC exemption certificate.
PREMIUM TIMES on July 7 exposed how Ms Adeosun skipped the mandatory one year scheme and forged a certificate that showed she had been exempted from participation.
The revelation elicited a public outrage from Nigerians, with the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, a nongovernmental organisation, petitioning the police inspector general demanding an investigation into the claims against the minister.
The corps only response was a short statement on July 9 saying that it would investigate the claims.
Nothing has been heard of the matter ever since.
Two weeks ago, a civic group, the Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) sued the NYSC over its failure to disclose details of the certificate paraded by the minister.
The group had earlier made a freedom of information request to the NYSC which the agency refused to honour.
On Sunday, exactly 50 days after the scandal broke, Nigerians trooped to social media to berate the government over its silence on the incident.
Today is the 50th day since the NYSC exemption certificate forgery allegation against Adeosun broke. Buhari is yet to speak about it but may be considering ‘a pardon’ for the minister.
— Bashir Sr (@Vashosr) August 26, 2018
Thank God you're correcting my grammar. And am learning. Starting from kindergarten. Tell your Idol Kemi Adeosun to show her NYSC forged certificate. Simple thing to do
— Tina Francis Ogiator (@akperomo) August 26, 2018
#AdeosunGate is a slap on all who served Nigeria with dedication and selflessness under the NYSC scheme. I won't forget those who paid the supreme price in pursuit of discharge certificate, their death should not be in vain @MBuhari
— Gibson (@I_am_Gibson) August 26, 2018
NYSC is sacred. Adeosun where is your integrity. You cannot do this if you were in Japan, South Korea, Uk and Israel. https://t.co/eS7RtZpQnU
— iheanyichukwu Okocha (@OkochaOcenuno) August 26, 2018
It's 50 days since @HMKemiAdeosun
was exposed for fake NYSC certificate.
I want @realFFK, @renoomokri to say something #KemiCertificateForgery#AdeosunGate pic.twitter.com/cp2F9Zosbm
— Muhd Abu Muhd (@Muhd_Abu_Muhd) August 26, 2018
The silence 🔇 of @nysc_ng is a pointer to the fact that they're backed up in a corner. Their only way out which I believe they're brewing is to come up with a 'gist' that will exonerate her hence the deafening silence 🔇
— BEAUtiful 🌚 (@Daknexx) August 26, 2018
We are not even asking @nysc_ng to speak against anyone.
But it is their constitutional and moral duty to let the whole world know the status of that Kemi Adeosun certificate. The world will be laughing at Nigeria now that a liar & forger is in charge of our money#AdeosunGate https://t.co/GY3BkEyJRP
— Bródà Ayo🇳🇬 (@sovereignayo) August 26, 2018
Minutes passed away. Minutes grew into hours; and hours flew into weeks, but @NGRPresident @MBuhari has not broken his undignified silence over @HMKemiAdeosun's NYSC Certificate forgery scandal. And he is an anti-graft crusader and a man of integrity. Integrity my foot! @segalink
— The Great Sage (@myunicy) August 26, 2018
The problem isn’t about non-possession of Nysc certificate which ordinarily should matter for public service,the issue is forgery of same,that’s a criminal offense
— Sola Adewale (@soloks1) August 26, 2018
Also on Sunday, an advocacy group, EnoughisEnough Nigeria, began a social media campaign to highlight the government’s inaction despite a strong evidence showing that Ms Adeosun forged her ceriticate.
It's 50 days since @HMKemiAdeosun was exposed for fake NYSC certificate.
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) August 26, 2018
Yemi Adamolekun, EiE Nigeria’s executive director, said they are trying to ensure that the story doesn’t go away by making sure it remains on the front burner.
“50 days later, there’s been no response either from the minister or the government, which basically means you either get over it or you forget it,” Ms Adamolekun told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday night.
“The main thing is the impunity of it, that government had been asked to address the fact that a serving minister did not fulfill the requirement to be a minister of the country and there has been no response.”