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Nigerians React To Zainab Ahmed’s Appointment As Minister Of Finance

Nigerians React To Zainab Ahmed’s Appointment As Minister Of Finance”

Kemi Adeosun has reportedly left Nigeria 24 hours after she resigned as the country's Minister of Finance.

It is however not immediately clear when she submitted her resignation letter and why.

Mrs Adeosun, finance minister since November 2015, stepped down from office on Friday after owning up to parading a forged youth service scheme certificate.

"The President thanked the minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits", his office said, adding that deputy budget minister, Zainab Ahmed, would oversee her portfolio.

She said not until the scandal broke out she never knew the certificate was not genuine.

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A source told newsmen in August that President Buhari may "pardon" the minister as a reward for "the great works she has done for government - bailing out the country from recession and stabilizing the economy".

President Muhammadu Buhari accepted her resignation on Friday night, 69 days after PREMIUM TIMES first published a detailed investigation of how she obtained the fake document and went on to secure plush employments with it, including as head of Nigeria's finance ministry.

Also, she contributed to the floating of several multibillion-dollar Eurobond offerings and led Nigeria's discussions with multilateral institutions. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my United Kingdom passport. Upon enquiry as to my status relating to NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of thirty (30), I was exempted from the requirement to serve.

"On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those, I thought were trusted associates, NYSC were approached for documentary proof of status".



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