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Adeosun’s NYSC certificate: Until allegation is proved, don’t expect Buhari to act – Minister

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The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed , says President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s integrity remains intact despite the allegation of certificate forgery preferred against his Minister of Finance , Kemi Adeosun .
He said the allegation against the minister was still being investigated , and that Buhari was only waiting for the conclusion before he would take any decision .

Mohammed said this on Monday when he paid an official visit to the Abuja office of The Authority newspaper .

Responding to a question from the editorial management of the paper on why Buhari was still keeping Adeosun in his cabinet , Mohammed said the case was still under investigation.
He said the appropriate agencies were still investigating the allegation against the finance minister and should be allowed to do their jobs .

Adeosun was alleged to have forged a National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate .

“ 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 .

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“ 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 . ’’

The minister insisted that the president will be usurping the powers of the investigating agencies if he sacked Adeosun before their report is submitted .

“ For instance , people have come to me that so and so TV and Radio stations are spreading fake news and I should shut them down.

“ I told them that I do not have the power to do so; it is the responsibility of the National Broadcasting Commission, even though it is an agency under my watch .

“ We are as concerned as you are ; but having spent some time in government, you will see that a lot of lies are being peddled about us . ”

Mohammed gave an assurance that the government would not sweep the matter under the carpet.

( NAN )

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