Nigerian Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun has resigned from her post over the allegations of falsification of NYSC documents.

The 51-year-old, the first minister to resign voluntarily from office over such allegation, was appointed in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kemi was born in 1967 in London, England to Nigerian parents from Ogun State.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London.

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994 and she was qualified for NYSC exemption on return to Nigeria after clocking above 30 years of age.

Information in the public domain was that she was above 30 when she returned to Nigeria but was not qualified to obtain an exemption as is the rule because she got her first degree in her 20s.

For weeks, she had come under intense pressure from the public who have been demanding for her resignation and even trial.

She however ignored the pressure while her handlers explained that she was not guilty and painted those digging into the story as mischief-makers on a mission to pull down a woman of substance.

The NYSC headquarters also came up with a terse statement that she indeed applied for an exemption but that it was looking into the matter.

Mr. Francis Obalim, a lawyer had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order quashing and setting aside Mrs. Adeosun’s appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The court had fixed October 8 to hear the suit asking it to sack her from office.

The Chief Judge of the high court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, assigned the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2018, to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu for expeditious hearing.

Meanwhile, President Buhari yesterday accepted the resignation and thanked the embattled Minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits.

The President also approved that the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, should oversee the Ministry of Finance with immediate effect.


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