Kemi Adeosun Must Return All Salaries Earned – Nigeria Doctor
By Ehi Ekhator
Chief Medical Director (CMD) Central Hospital Benin City Dr Philip Ugbogada said he has mixed feelings over the resignation of Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun.
Mrs Adeosun had tendered her resignation to the President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday over the widely reported allegation of forgery.
Premium Times broke the news weeks ago that the Finance Minister forged her National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate which she obtained in September 2009.
The revelation had attracted negative reactions from Nigerians home and abroad while the Presidency defended her action until yesterday when the Minister surprised the country with her resignation.
Reacting to the development, Dr Ugbogada called on the former Minister of Finance to pay back to the Nigeria coffers “all illegally earned salaries and allowances” during the period she acted as the Minister.
“I received the news of the resignation of Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun with mixed feelings. Her action came very late and disrespectful of Nigeria laws. By the letter and spirit of our constitution, no man or woman is above the law. She is said to be very brilliant and graduated from the university at the age of 22 years.
“To be eligible to hold Public Office in Nigeria, you are required to have undergone a mandatory one year National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme which was conceptualized as scheme capable of endangering national integration and cohesion in a multiethnic and multi religious nation. You are only entitled to an exemption if you graduate above the age of 30 years.
She didn’t participate in the NYSC scheme making her ineligible to hold Public Office in Nigeria. However, she got appointed as Nigeria’s Finance Minister haven’t previously served as Ogun State’s Commissioner of Finance. These are punishable offences by our Nation’s laws.
“Her resignation is a first step in the process of respecting our laws and improving our national image. The next step is to request her to pay back to the Nigerian State all illegally earned salaries and allowances during her period of “service” as State Commissioner and then as Federal Minister.”
The Medical practitioner said Mrs Adeosun must be tried and jailed if found guilty.
“Thereafter, she should be tried in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for forgery and the NYSC act and jailed if found guilty by the courts. This would serve as a deterrent to those who will attempt to pull the wool over our eyes in future and assuage the nerves of young Nigerians who are currently undergoing youth service as well as those of us who spent one year in patriotic pains in service to our fatherland.”
The President accepted the resignation on Friday and appointed Zainab Ahmed in her place.