NYSC Certificate Scam: Finance Minister, Adeosun Has Question To Answer

The Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun is at the centre of the news. She’s been accused to have skipped the one-year National Youths Service Corps programme and forged the certificate.

An online medium has published the astounding story, which of course has been generating comments on the social media and among public analysts.

Many have called for her prosecution while some have argued that the issue should be treated lightly since the minister did not school in Nigeria.

The good lady at the centre of the story has not made any denial. Some call it fake. Others call it political persecution. And yet some say it does not matter if the story is true because “she is doing a good job”

It appears a new norm is being developed in this country. The norm of abnormality.

The Premium Times in the best journalistic tradition took the Finance Minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun to the cleaners over an issue as trite as NYSC certificate. Without it, you are not eligible to pick any job locally. But she did, and nobody asked questions. Those, who discovered and asked questions turned the card against her and started milking her. In the last three years, the paper claimed, she has had to pay a heavy ransom to keep her secret sealed.

Those who thought that was a cooked one should take the time to read it.

Trying to drag the integrity of the newspaper in the mud will fail. The Adeosun saga is a pointer to how we have collectively subverted our institutions. Like a house of cards, the cookies always crumble. And when that happens, it is always ruinous.

However, one will not want to shy away from the fact that Kemi Adeosun was born, bred and brought up in the United Kingdom. She spent the first 30years of her life over there. She, at the same time, had all her educational qualifications in the U.K and hatched her career over there, also.

For clarity purposes, I understand and fully in support of the general view that she must face the law – she should never have forged it, that’s criminal and totally unacceptable (albeit provided all the facts provided by Premium Times are absolutely correct).

Nevertheless, on a general note, we must also be fair to Nigerians in the diaspora to equally those who moved there as young chaps with their families in search of greener pasture).

The country’s Economic and other related challenges have forced many Nigerians outside of Nigeria despite the love they have for their country. Most of them got engaged and married abroad and gave birth to children who are as well showing interest in Nigeria and its development.

As an example, a bright young boy born to Nigerian parents who grew up in California – graduated from Stanford and Harvard then got a Job with the United Nations.

He rose through the ranks after over 15years of service. Then, at the age of 40, he plans to return to Nigeria with a view to contributing his own quota to Nigeria’s development. What will be his fate having not gone for NYSC ab initio and he is above the stipulated year, 30 years of age? Remember, he never decided to be given birth to outside Nigeria or live and/or study outside of the country.

I believe for us to attain greater heights in Nigeria, we will need our brothers and sisters making waves in other countries. We should not just strike them out completely via NYSC.

While I firmly believe that The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun should be prosecuted if found guilty of all the allegations, we must, at the same time, look at the bigger picture here – bright young minds of Nigerian ancestry who could not serve in the NYSC must not be alienated from nation-building and national development.

The current Nigerian Super Eagles team is made of many players who were born to a Nigerian father by “foreign” mothers. Hence, they possess dual citizenship. Consequently, they’ve spent the most part of their lives abroad. Yet, they still proudly wear the green and white jersey – giving their all to their fatherland.

Today, we are always proud of the boxer – Anthony Joshua, the footballers – Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, Troost Ekong, Carl Ikeme et cetera. In fact, we are very quick and proud to link the likes of Dele Alli, Alaba(Bayern Munich player), and so many others to Nigeria mainly because they are of Nigerian ancestry.

What of other Nigerian geniuses making waves in NASA, World Bank, United Nations, Boeing, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, Deloitte and the likes that we will need their expertise/experience in our NNPC, Ajaokuta, Nigerian Army, political offices, technological hubs and the likes in the future or even as urgent as now?

In view of all these, I posit that Kemi Adeosun should face the law but we must not alienate people of Nigerian ancestry from our public service who for one reason or the other could not make up the NYSC scheme – which itself needs to be reformed.

Nigeria needs all its best brains to be in Nigeria, now! Nothing should be a roadblock or a bottleneck.

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