The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman, Itse Sagay (SAN), has described the controversy about the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate of Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, as unnecessary.
Sagay also stated that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford to sack Adeosun because the minister is “brilliant”.
He said this in Abuja on the sidelines of a workshop on the United Kingdom Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), organised by PACAC, the UK National Crime Agency and the Department for International Development (DfID).
“I don’t know why the government has not reacted. But, let me tell you my reaction: This woman is a brilliant and extremely valuable member of this government. A lot of the good things happening now – the welfare that Nigerians are enjoying and are going to enjoy, because it takes time, and the way our economy is booming, how we got out of recession – are due to her expertise, her commitment, her sacrifice.
There is nothing in this world that will make me remove such a woman from the government. The PDP can weep from now until there is no tear in their body; she is going to be there. We cannot afford to lose that woman.
Who cares about youth service? I don’t bloody care whether she did youth service or not. It’s irrelevant as far as I am concerned.” he said.
On the allegation that Adeosun forged an exemption certificate, the PACAC chairman said: “I don’t believe it. I don’t see anything serious about not doing youth service. I don’t see anything serious about it. That’s my own bias, not government’s.
“I’m telling you now. If you ask me – If I were President Buhari, I would never, ever touch that woman because she’s damn good. The enemies of this government want to reduce his capacity to provide good governance by engaging in social media attacks and trying to get rid of her. It will not work.”
Prof. Itse Sagay, who heads President Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, rejects the call for sack of Kemi Adeosun over certificate forgery.— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) August 10, 2018
A man appointed to advise the President on corruption justifying a crime? Sagay is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria!
Saraki should resign in honour but Kemi Adeosun should remain in office because she is damn good. - Itsay Sagay— Babasola Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) August 10, 2018
Dear God please don't let me end up shameless in my old age because of political patronage. Amen
“Saraki should step down for the sake of morality.” - Sagay— Dr. Dípò Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) August 10, 2018
A man who defends Kemi Adeosun, an official who hasn’t responded to an allegation of certificate forgery.
"Who cares about Youth Service? PDP can weep forever, nobody will sack Adeosun"— Lere Olayinka - Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) August 10, 2018
~ Sagay, Buhari's Adviser on Anti-Corruption.
“Who cares about NYSC, Kemi Adeosun should not resign” - He supports Illegality.— King Sola (@Solar_unique) August 10, 2018
“Saraki should resign” after saying his defection doesn’t invalidate his position - He Opposes legality.
I think Professor Sagay needs our prayers, this is not the same Prof we used to know. https://t.co/at3qmU8QdR
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