Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has commented on her vindication by the Federal High Court in Abuja over National Youths Service Corps, NYSC exemption certificate forgery she was mired in.
Adeosun voluntarily resigned as Finance Minister after she was found out to have forged her NYSC exemption certificate drawing her public opprobrium.
The London-born financial expert approached the court for constitutional interpretation on the NYSC certificate controversy to which Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Wednesday ruled in her favour, saying she was not yet a Nigerian citizen both at the time she graduated and when she turned 30 years.
And that she did not need to present a certificate from the National Youth Service Corps before she would qualify for appointment as a minister.
The ex-minister reacted to her vindication via a statement she released.
It reads: “My lawyers have informed me of the judgment by the Federal High Court, Abuja, in the case of Folakemi Adeosun vs The Attorney General of the Federation (FHC/ABJ/CS/303/2021) in which the court, presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruled that the Constitution does not require me to present my first degree certificate or any other certificate, including the NYSC certificate, to be appointed a minister.
“More importantly, he also ruled that I was not eligible to perform the NYSC by virtue of the Constitution. This is the position I have always maintained and I am happy for this official clarification.
“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 thank God, my family, friends, my counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), and numerous well-wishers for their love, care and concern throughout this difficult period, which has lasted three whole years.
“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.”