Director, Strategic Communications, Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, has reacted to the resignation of Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
It will be recalled that the Finance Minister had resigned her appointment on Friday September 14, 2018 following allegations of forgery of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC ) certificate against her.
It is noteworthy to mention that graduates of Nigeria extraction are expected to perform a one-year mandatory national service, if they are less than 30 years of age, or be exempted with a valid certificate of exemption, if they are above 30 years of age, at the time of completion of their studies. This is regardless of the location of completion of their studies, whether home or abroad.
Keyamo’s reaction was in a series of tweets on his twitter handle. Furthermore, Keyamo criticised former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), whom he accused of shielding corrupt government officials.
He gave the example of the former custom boss, Alhaji Abdullalhi Dikko. He said despite allegation that he forged his West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Certificate, GEJ’s administration shielded him for five years until the government was voted out in 2015.
Keyamo says scandals concerning government officials happen and are not new in government circles worldwide. However, it is the manner of handling such tittle-tattles by various governments that matters.
“Some shield officials at the expense of the integrity of the State. Others preserve the integrity of the State at the expense of the officials”, Keyamo wrote.
Keyamo was pleased that Buhari did the latter. According to him, Buhari took his time to get to the root of the matter in the case of Adeosun, and eventually he ensured that the right thing was done to preserve the integrity of the State.
Keyamo commended President Buhari’s approach to the allegations of certificate forgery against the former finance Minister, saying that Buhari did not “rush to satisfy public frenzy” in handling her case.
Keyamo made references to Premium Times and Sahara reporters publications on the certificate forgery of Dikko, just as that of Adeosun was also published. Unlike Buhari however, Jonathan did nothing.
He said that Adeosun in her letter of resignation alluded to the “unquestionable integrity” of Mr. President, and noted that Nigerians should be rest assured that any genuine pending cases of corruption against government officials would be pursued to the end.
This is because with President Buhari, “there are no sacred cows”, Keyamo tweeted.