- Retired General Maharazu Tsiga says under him, the NYSC never approved an exemption certificate for Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria's finance minister
- Tsiga says the NYSC law shows that every graduate is supposed to serve especially when such a person is less than 30 at that period of graduation
- Premium Times asks Adeosun to go to court to challenge the report
Another former director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Maharazu Tsiga, has declared that the agency could not have made the grave mistake of exempting Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s finance minister.
Tsiga said he was not sure that the NYSC approved the request by Adeosun to be eempted.
Premium Times reports that Tisga, who served the NYSC at the time Adeosun claimed she applied for the exemption in 2009, spoke in a telephone interview.
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The retired general further confirmed earlier claims by serving and former officials of the NYSC that the exemption certificate was not valid.
He said: “We have what is called strong room. I believe from there they can easily identify if a certificate is issued by the NYSC or not.”
Tsiga said it was not possible for anyone to apply for exemption when such a person is below the age of 30 at the time of graduation.
“In as much as you have not served, no matter how old you are, in as much as you were not mobilised to serve at the time you were supposed to serve, they can never give you exemption. You must go for service,” he said.
Earlier speaking with Channels Television, a director of mobilization at the NYSC, Anthony Ani, said it was not possible for a director general who left the agency in January would sign the exemption certificate in September.
“I don’t know where the certificate comes from but (what) I say is that NYSC cannot make that mistake. The NYSC that I served, that I know, can never make that type of mistake,” Ani said.
Meanwhile, Premium Times, which first published the exclusive report, has asked the minister to go to challenge the media organization in court if she thinks the story was a lie.
Dapo Olorunyomi, the organisation’s publisher, said this at the University of Ilorin where he delivered a lecture.
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“We didn’t just publish the story in question, it was a product of in-depth investigation and we have it on good authority that the certificate she’s parading is a forged one; we challenge her to go to court, we will meet her there,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, said that the government had already spoken on the controversy surrounding the alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate by Kemi Adeosun.
The minister of finance was accused of submitting a forged NYSC exemption certificate during her screening process.
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