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Yesterday September 14th, Nairametrics was among the first media outlets to break the news about the resignation of Mrs Kemi Adeosun as Nigeria’s Finance Minister.

As expected, this development threw many people into a frenzy, even as others dealt with it more ‘cautiously’ seeing as the development was yet unconfirmed by the Government.

But as a confirmation was eventually given late last night by Mr Femi Adesina (media aid to the President), many Nigerians voiced their opinions on the matter on Social Media.

Before we get to what the people said,  below is a quick refresher on this matter:

  1. Mrs Kemi Adeosun was (until her resignation) Nigeria’s Minister of Finance. She is one of the few women to have been appointed to head such a high level public office.
  2. Unfortunately, she never had it easy. The economy was in a serious recession, and many people doubted her capability to turn things around.
  3. When the NYSC certificate scandal came to light earlier this year, “all hell let loose” and public opinion was against her. This is even before everyone knew the details surrounding the matter.
  4. Mrs Adeosun probably made a (bad?) decision by keeping quiet on the matter for a long time.
  5. There was an investigation, at the end of which it became clear that the NYSC exemption letter she got is a fake one.
  6. For this, she decided to do the “honourable” thing and resign. She also publicly addressed the NYSC certificate saga for the first time.
  7. Interestingly, her side of the story exposed a morality problem which most Nigerians are used to as far as public administration in the country is concerned.

Now here’s how Nigerians are having their say…

First of all, many people praised her ‘financial prowess’ and integrity.

Others think she did the right thing by resigning.

Meanwhile, other people are not happy she had to resign over a ‘mistake’, seeing as other public officials have done worse without consequences.


Some blamed it on the system

Others pointed out the irony in all of this.


Some are simply die-hard-supporters; choosing to stand by her despite everything

But others insist she is the worst thing that has happened since the Nigerian civil war…

Emmanuel holds an MSc. in International Relations and a B.A in Philosophy & Logic, both from the University of Ibadan. He is a communications professional. As a Lead Business Analyst at Nairametrics, he focuses mostly on quoted companies, their products/services, and the economy in which they operate. Emmanuel is also experienced in the areas of corporate communication, brand communication, corporate storytelling, public relations, business research, management/strategy, etc. You may contact him via his email- emmanuel.abara@nairametrics.com.


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