Buhari may sack Finance Minister – Lai


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The Federal Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the President, Muhammad Buhari, may still sack his finance minister, Kemi Adeosun if she is found wanting over her National Youth Service Corps certificate scandal.

Last month, Premium Times broke the news that the finance minister had procured a forged NYSC exemption certificate and had also failed to attend the mandatory government program for university leavers.

The accused minister and the president have remained mute on the matter, even as supporters and opponents alike have continued to call the president’s integrity into question, with some alleging that Buhari’s close friendship with Governor Ibikunle Amosun will forestall him from removing the latter’s political god-daughter.

Information minister, Lai Mohammed has told journalists that the President may still take action on the matter, but it will have to wait until an investigation is concluded.

Speaking to staff at The Authority Newspaper,  Lai said, “Until when an allegation is proven, you do not expect the President to act.
“The appropriate agencies have spoken and they say they are investigating. The only thing we can do is to wait.
“By saying that the minister should resign or be sacked while investigation is still ongoing may also not be feasible in our clime because of the level of false accusations.
“How many times have they accused me of embezzlement? Even recently, they said my driver jumped out of the car, abandoned me and decamped to Peoples Democratic Party.
“People even made the allegation that President Buhari did not have certificate.’’

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