NYSC : I'm Vindicated After Traumatic Spell - Kemi Adeosun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

NYSC : I'm Vindicated After Traumatic Spell - Kemi Adeosun

By Jane Okafor,  Abuja

Former Finance Minister,  Kemi  Adeosun has said that a historic ruling on Wednesday vindicated her of any wrong doing in respect of not participating in the compulsory NYSC scheme.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had today ruled that Adeosun was ineligible for NYSC national service.

The court, presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the ministerial appointment of Adeosun was not illegal, neither was it unconstitutional, even without presenting the NYSC certificate.

The Daily Crucible recalls that following the controversy that trailed her over the NYSC matter, Adeosun elected to resign on September 14, 2018, ostensibly to save the government she served at the time from distractions.

But ruling on the case after 69 days legal battle, the  court said she was not supposed to present herself for National Youth Service because under the 1979 Constitution, which was in force at the time of her graduation, she was not a Nigerian citizen either at the time of her graduation or when she turned 30.

By the ruling, the constitution does not require her to present her first-degree certificate or any other certificate, including the NYSC certificate, to be appointed a minister. 

Reacting to the ruling,  elated Adeosun 
stated : "My lawyers have informed me  of the judgment by  the  Federal High Court, Abuja, in the case of Folakemi Adeosun v The Attorney General of the Federation (FHC/ABJ/CS/303/2021) in which the court, presided over by Honourable Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruled that the Constitution does not require me to present my first-degree certificate or any other certificate, including the NYSC certificate, to be appointed a Minister.

"More importantly, he also  ruled  that I was not eligible to perform NYSC by virtue of the constitution. This is the position I have always maintained and am happy for this official clarification.

"The ruling vindicates me after a very traumatic spell. It is, however, not only a personal victory; it’s also a victory for many Nigerians in the Diaspora under similar conditions who are desirous to serve their country.

"I wish to thank God, my family, friends, my counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and numerous well-wishers for their love, care and concern throughout this difficult period, which has lasted three whole years. 

"I wish to add in light of the court’s ruling, I will at the appropriate time and without hesitation, take all further steps necessary within the law to protect my reputation."

Still on the ruling, the suit for constitutional interpretation was filed at the court in March 2021 by the firm of Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, on behalf of Adeosun.

The court said since the 1979 constitution, which was in force at the time did not recognise dual citizenship, Adeosun could not have served because she was a British citizen and granted all reliefs sought by Adeosun's counsel.

Adeosun who hails from Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State graduated from the University of East London in 1989 at the age of 22. 

She was Commissioner of Finance in the State during the administration of governor Ibikunle Amosun before proceeding to become Nigerian Minister of Finance under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The court ruled that Nigeria citizenship only reverted under extant constitution by which time Adeosun was well above 30, and by the court ruling ineligible to participate in NYSC scheme as the scheme is exclusively reserved for Nigeria.

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