By Ehi Ekhator
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has threatened a legal action against the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun over her refusal to clear the air on the damaging certificate forgery allegation.
Two weeks ago, the organization had asked Mrs Adesosun to “without further delay, show responsibility and settle the facts of the case once and for all.”
The organization said, “Suspicions of certificate forgery involving a senior member of the government if not urgently and satisfactorily addressed would weaken public trust in the government’s oft-expressed commitment to transparency and accountability.
“The failure to address the allegations may create public anger and lead to accusation of cover-up. The public can become passive and cynical if it believes that people in the position of public trust are out for themselves. It is the core responsibility of any senior public official to prevent that cynicism.
“When those in the position of public trust refuse to speak up on allegations bordering on certificate forgery, it invariably creates a psychological climate, a moral culture in which citizens are more likely to embrace illegal actions and choose to undertake them.”
Three weeks after the grave allegation, neither the Finance Minister nor the government she works for has addressed the public.
In a tweet on Friday, SARAP said “Dear
@HMKemiAdeosun It’s 20 days since reports of alleged NYSC certificate forgery and 13 days since we asked you to clear the air on the matter. This is failure to take responsibility, and we’ll take legal action in the public interest if you continue to refuse to speak up.
The organization also called for a complete vetting of top government officials academic credentials including that of the National Assembly.
“Considering allegations of certificate forgery against
@HMKemiAdeosun and Sen Adeleke, Osun state PDP, should @AsoRock immediately begin a nationwide verification of academic credentials of senior govt officials & members of the @nassnigeria“