The case of Folakemi Adeosun vs The Attorney General of the Federation (FHC/ABJ/CS/303/2021) was decided by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in favor of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, but indications are that the battle may still be far from over E-nigeria! Newspaper can now report.
The former minister is not needed by law to show her National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) discharge certificate before taking up any ministerial post or political office in Nigeria, according to a High Court ruling by Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo.
Adeosun, who graduated from a London university in 1989 at the age of 36, was exempted from participating in the NYSC scheme at the time, because of her age, the court ruled.
Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, who delivered the ruling in the case, stated that Kemi Adeosun was a British citizen, having been born in the UK in 1967 and remaining there until 2003, when she returned to Nigeria.
According to Justice Taiwo, Kemi Adeosun became a Nigerian citizen on May 29 of this year as a result of the 1999 Constitution, which went into effect on that date. As a result, the NYSC Act has no bearing on her.
“My lawyers have informed me of the judgment by the Federal High Court, Abuja, in the case of Folakemi Adeosun vs. The Attorney General of the Federation (FHC/ABJ/CS/303/),” the embattled former minister, who was represented by Chief Wole Olanikpekun Chambers, wrote on her social media page, expressing her excitement and appreciation for the support she received from family and friends during the difficult time.
She said, “More crucially, he determined that, under the Constitution, I was ineligible to serve in the NYSC. This is the position I’ve always held, and I’m grateful for the official confirmation. After a very terrible period, the verdict vindicates me. It is, however, not only a personal win; it is also a victory for many Nigerians in the Diaspora who are desirous of serving their country in similar circumstances.”
The last part of her statement, however, hints that Adeosun may still be fighting to repair her tarnished reputation, despite the fact that the judge ruled in her favor.
“I like to emphasize, in light of the court’s verdict, that at the right moment and without hesitation, I will take any further legal procedures necessary to safeguard my reputation,” she wrote.
Kemi Adeosun, a former Minister of Finance under President Muhammadu Buhari, was born in 1967 (54 years ago).
She was compelled to tender her resignation in 2018 over alleged forged National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate.