Top officials of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are plotting to help Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, out of her certificate mess, TheCable reports.
Premium Times, the investigative online newspaper, had reported that Adeosun possesses a questionable NYSC exemption certificate.
Having finished her first degree at 22, she was not entitled to exemption on the ground of age except she was above 30, according to the NYSC Act.
She would also not be qualified for employment in either private or public sector having not served or been exempted.
NYSC insiders told TheCable on Tuesday that the officials are looking for a way to help her out by blaming the mess on the former director-general, Yusuf Bomoi (pictured), a retired brigadier-general who died on September 18, 2017.
Adeosun’s “exemption” certificate is dated September 9, 2009 and bears the signature of Bomoi — even though he had officially left NYSC on February 13, 2009 when he was replaced by Maharazu Tsiga, also a brigadier-general.
TheCable was informed that Bomoi would be portrayed as having granted Adeosun the exemption “in error”.
“At least Bomoi is not alive to defend himself,” one of the officials told TheCable.
The misalignment of dates, which shows the certificate being issued almost seven months after Bomoi had left his position, will be blamed on “clerical error”, according to another insider.
While this may potentially free Adeosun of the criminal charge of forgery, it still does not protect her from facing charges of dodging national service.