Nigerians Hail Okonjo-Iweala’s Twitter Appointment, Mock ‘Certificateless’ Kemi Adeosun

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Twitter, Inc. on Thursday announced the appointments of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Robert Zoellick to Twitter’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) as new independent directors, effective immediately.

“Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise,” said Omid Kordestani, Executive Chairman of Twitter.

“We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service”, the statement added.

SIGNAL broke the news on Nigerian cyberspace Thursday night and Twitter Nigeria immediately erupted with accolades to the former Managing Director of World Bank and Nigeria’s immediate past Minister of Finance.

In the euphoria of congratulatory messages to Okonjo-Iweala tweeted by Nigerians across the world, some Nigerian Twitter users also seized the moment to lampoon her successor in the Nigerian Ministry of Finance, Ms. Kemi Adeosun who has been embroiled in a certificate forgery scandal that has cast a huge slur on the anti-corruption and integrity posturing of the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government.

Adeosun, did not participate in the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme. Instead, she forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation, according to online newspaper Premium Times who broke the news of the certificate scandal.

The one year service, organised by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.

In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.

Eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2,000 fine, according to Section 13 of the NYSC law.

Section 13 (3) of the law also prescribes three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine for anyone who contravenes provision of the law as Adeosun has done.

Subsection 4 of the same section also criminalises giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate. It provides for up to three-year jail term for such offenders.

Whereas the NYSC has come out to say that Adeosun actually applied for an exemption certificate, it also added that it was probing the origin of her allegedly forged certificate. Curiously, the Minister has not uttered a word since the news of her certificate forgery broke. Equally, the Buhari Presidency has maintained a deafening silence.

In the wake of Okonjo-Iweala’s Twitter appointment, some Nigerians have not been so kind to Adeosun, wondering how Nigeria crashed from ‘Okonjo-Iweala’ to ‘Adeosun’. Read some tweets below:

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