Reports over the weekend revealed that Nigeria’s finace minister, Kemi Adeosun presented a fake NYSC certificate during her screening and the Senate knew about it.
Adeosun has received widespread criticism after it emerged that the NYSC exemption certificate which Adeosun has been parading is actually a fake one.
In November 2015, Adeosun was sworn in as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, and assigned the all-important finance ministry while also previously being a commissioner for finance in Ogun state.
Her ministerial appointment in 2015 came after a supposed security and Senate screening.
The State Security Service, charged with vetting appointees to top government positions, failed to detect that her NYSC certificate was fake.
However, the Senate, which received the fake certificate as part of the documents Mrs Adeosun submitted for her confirmation hearing, detected the discrepancy.
But they still went ahead to clear her for the top office.
Those familiar with the matter noted that the leadership of the National Assembly used that information to blackmail and extort Adeosun for years.
The certificate scandal was used as a tool for blackmail by a National Assembly cartel that used it to coerce the finance minister to keep releasing funds to the lawmaking arm.
Some federal lawmakers revealed to Premium Times that the discrepancy was detected by the Senate during the minister’s confirmation hearing. But rather than probe the issue, they turned it into a tool against Adeosun.
The report linked the certificate scandal to the minister’s excessive, even illegal, funding of the lawmakers, including recently funnelling a N10billion largesse to that arm of government.