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Adeosun: Resignation to buy her silence?

Kemi Adeosun was forced to resign

18 September 2018

A Presidency source has told that ex-finance minister Kemi Adeosun, who resigned last Friday over an alleged forgery of an exemption certificate that meant she could skip Nigeria’s mandatory youth service scheme, had no choice but to quit after being told that she would be sacked if refused to step down.

The source said that Adeosun was promised a “soft landing” if she left quietly.  It wasn’t clear what this “soft landing” meant.  But there has been little talk from officials about the former minister facing criminal charges for forgery and she has since reportedly left Nigeria for the United Kingdom, where she was born and lived until her 30s.

Adeosun’s resignation was accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari and he wished her well in her future pursuits.

Some sources have suggested that Adeosun is likely to have a lot information that the president and people close to him would not want to get into the public domain.  So having her out of the country in a managed exit, with no further action taken on the forgery, serves the interests of both sides.

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