Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s former minister of Finance has departed the country less than 24 hours after after her resignation.
Kemi Adeosun (Mrs), who was appointed as finance minister in November 2015, resigned on Friday after owning up to parading a forged NYSC (youth service scheme) certificate.
President Muhammadu Buhari subsequently accepted her resignation on Friday night, 69 days after the report broke of how she obtained the fake certificate and went on to secure plush employments with it under Buhari’s administration, including as head of Nigeria’s finance ministry.
Mrs Adeosun explained in her resignation letter that the report was true, but said she did not know the certificate was forged as she relied on associates who helped obtain it after she returned from the UK.
Although Nigerians welcomed her resignation, which many even complained was long overdue, they also demanded her immediate prosecution. Some civic groups have already instituted legal action to compel federal authorities to file charges against her.
But a day after she stepped down, Mrs Adeosun, who was born and raised in England, departed the country, according to her associates who notified reporters of the development Saturday evening.
“She has left Nigeria,” a source said. “She most likely is in the UK by now.”
When we called her Nigerian line several times Saturday night, it rang through each time in the Europe internal phone ringing effect.
Telecoms experts who also dialled her number at our instance Saturday evening also said the telephone certainly did not ring in Nigeria.