Nigeria finance minister resigns amid certificate fraud

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THE WHISTLER recalls that Adeosun's alleged certificate forgery was first brought to the public domain after PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported months back that the minister allegedly submitted "fake" NYSC certificate in 2015 when President Muhmmadu Buhari appointed her finance minister.

Nigeria's finance minister has resigned over allegations she used a forged certificate to avoid the country's mandatory one-year youth service scheme. "The President thanked the Minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits", he said. "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".

Nigeria's Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun attends the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Abuja, Nigeria July 13, 2018. Her main policy was a bid to improve tax collection and crack down on mismanagement by government agencies. The government said it was investigating the matter. No Nigerian can hold public office without doing the service or presenting an exemption certificate.

Nigeria's finance minister resigns over forged document

The party also called on President Buhari to arrest and prosecute the former minister. Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with almost 200 million inhabitants, is scheduled to hold general elections in February, with Buhari seeking a second term.

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