Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has said she will not hesitate to take all further steps necessary within the law to protect her reputation which has been smeared in the NYSC forgery saga.
This is coming after the Federal High Court in Abuja, ruled that she was not eligible for the one year mandatory service under the National Youth Service Corps scheme as of the time she graduated from the university and at such, is cleared off the forgery which led to her resignation. Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that Kemi Adeosun was not yet a Nigerian citizen both at the time she graduated and when she turned 30 years.
In a statement titled, ‘Kemi Adeosun reacts to court judgement on NYSC certificate’, Kemi Adeosun said her lawyers had inform her of the judgement, in which the court ruled that the Constitution does not require her to present first degree certificate, or any other certificate, including the NYSC certificate, to be appointed a minister and she is happy for the official clarification. She said it is, however, not a victory for her alone but for many Nigerians in diaspora under similar conditions.
“This is the position I have always maintained and I am happy for this official clarification”, she said. “The ruling vindicates me after a very traumatic spell. It is, however, not only a personal victory; it’s also a victory for many Nigerians in the Diaspora under similar conditions, who are desirous to serve their country. I wish to add that in the light of the court’s ruling, I will at the appropriate time and without hesitation, take all further steps necessary within the law to protect my reputation”, she added.