The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, came to the defense of Finance minister Kemi Adeosun.
The President Buhari advocate stated that he did not “bloody care” if Adeosun finished her compulsory Youth Service or not.
This came after an investigation by news agency, Premium Times, unveiled that the Minister of finance did not complete her compulsory youth service.
According to Sagay, this did not in any way blunt her efficiency and that the President is right not to have sacked her.
He said: “I don’t know why the government has not reacted. But, let me tell you my reaction. This woman is a brilliant and extremely valuable member of this government.
“A lot of the good things happening now – the welfare that Nigerians are enjoying and are going to enjoy, because it takes time, and the way our economy is booming, how we got out of recession – are due to her expertise, her commitment, her sacrifice.
“There is nothing in this world that will make me remove such a woman from the government. The PDP can weep from now until there is no tear in their body; she is going to be there. We cannot afford to lose that woman.”
Sagay was challenged and asked if the refusal to do NYSC isn’t an offense to which he said that no one really cared about the program.
He said: “Who cares about youth service? I don’t bloody care whether she did youth service or not. It’s irrelevant as far as I am concerned.”
On the allegation that she forged an exemption certificate, he said: “I don’t believe it. I don’t see anything serious about not doing youth service. I don’t see anything serious about it. That’s my own bias, not government’s.
“I’m telling you now. If you ask me – If I were President Buhari, I would never, ever touch that woman because she’s damn good.
“The enemies of this government want to reduce his capacity to provide good governance by engaging in social media attacks and trying to get rid of her. It will not work.”