THEWILL Confirms Nigeria's Finance Minister's Resignation

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

Ms Adeosun was appointed as finance minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

There has been no given reason on the decision of Adeosun stepping down from her position, although there has been an allegation of forging her NYSC discharge certificate.

President Muhammadu Buhari put the Ministry of Finance under the oversight of the minister of state in charge of budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, the presidency said in an emailed statement.

A senior aide of the Minister confirmed her resignation to THEWILL anonymously Friday, saying she resigned following the controversies surrounding her NYSC certificate. Her main policy was a bid to improve tax collection and crack down on mismanagement by government agencies.

Under the scheme introduced in the early 1970s to promote unity among Nigeria's multi-ethnic groups following a 30-month brutal civil war, graduates younger than 30 are expected to serve the nation for one year. No Nigerian can hold public office without doing the service or presenting an exemption certificate.

The opposition People's Democratic Party called for the minister's resignation when the controversy broke in July.

The government's handling of the economy is likely to be a campaign issue in February's presidential election in which Buhari plans to seek a second term.

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