Updated: March 7, 2021
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After 60 days of silence on the NYSC certificate forgery by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kemi Adeosun and Buhari-led government, Kemi Adeosun resigned, an act that laid to rest the fact that she forged an exemption NYSC certificate. Forgery of certificate, documents, lying and falsification is common amongst the ruling elite, only few are exposed. However we insist this scandal must not be covered up like others. The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) therefore demands the immediate prosecution of Kemi Adeosun for certificate forgery.
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Certificate forgery or claim to have passed through academic institution is not new. The prominent amongst them are Salisu Buhari (the former Speaker of the House of Representatives), Bola Ahmed Tinubu (the former governor of Lagos State), Evans Enwerem (the former Senate President) etc. Many of these allegations get covered up but the government could not sweep Kemigate under the carpet.
Kemi Adeosun’s claim that it was her associates that procured the fake NYSC certificate is not only spurious but also face-saving. In the first place, she is not qualified for an exemption having graduated at the age of 22. Secondly, certificates such as the NYSC certificates are secured by the person concerned and not procured by proxy or agency.
Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) challenges the Buhari-led government to prosecute Kemi Adeosun, Babachir Lawal, Abdulrasheed Maina and several others if it is serious about its fight against corruption. The Buhari-led government reinstated 113 oil vessels owners indicted for stealing billions of Naira worth of crude oil after two months ban in September 2015. Nigeria Prisons are jammed packed with innocent people and those who committed petty crimes while the powerful and privileged are allowed to go scot-free.
Rather than celebrate Kemi Adeosun resignation as a mark of integrity as the APC has struggled to do, it confirms further that APC just like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is home to highly corrupt people who continue to undermine the interest of the vast majority. We have witnessed corrupt vote buying in various election by APC, PDP, Labour Party, APGA etc; looting is common in government of PDP and APC and as a consequence, living condition of the working masses continue to plummet under both PDP, APC, Labour Party and others.
Corruption is rife in all capitalist government as the system flourishes on corruption, exploitation and deceit. Nigeria requires transparency in public life, public resources requires democratic control and management to enable maximum and efficient utilization for the benefit of all.
SIGNED Abiodun Bamigboye and Chinedu Bosah, Acting National Chairperson and National Secretary respectively