Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, has been under pressure since Premium Times reported her alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
In the report, the newspaper said the minister skipped the one-year mandatory scheme and later forged the certificate.
The report said the upper legislative chamber detected this when President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded her name for ministerial screening but rather than disqualify her, the lawmakers decided to use it as a tool for blackmail.
Although Adeosun has been silent since the report was filed on Saturday, several Nigerians have been mounting pressure on her.
Joe Abah, fomer director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, said if the allegations are true she should not only be fired but prosecuted.
“If it is true that the minister of finance did not do the NYSC and presented a forged certificate, then her position is irredeemably untenable and she must be fired and prosecuted. That a swift rebuttal or admission has still not been issued is difficult to understand,” Abah tweeted.
Kayode Ogundamisi, social commentator Nigeria’s politics, said the finance of the country could not be entrusted into the hands of a “forger.”
“.@HMKemiAdeosun if PM reports are true, your best bet is to RESIGN NOW! For the sake of Nigerians who enrol in @nysc_ng some even dying in the process. Nigeria’s finance cant be entrusted in the hands of a forger, dont wait for #KemiWhereIsYourNYSCCertificate? to trend please,” Ogundamisi tweeted.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, said “it’s time for Kemi Adeosun to resign.”
“No wonder we are in a recession! It’s time for Kemi Adeosun to resign,” the former minister tweeted.