Online news outlet, SaharaReporters reports that President Muhammadu Buhari decided to let go of Kemi Adeosun as Minister of Finance weeks ago.
NAIJAROKO had reported on Friday that the Minister had resigned. But SaharaReporters says that it was President Muhammadu Buhari who indeed “told Adeosun to quite her position”.
About Matthew Seiyefa’s position at the Department of State Services, the decision to remove him as the Director-General of the agency, was also concluded weeks ago.
Seiyefa hails from Bayelsa State while Bichi, the new Director-General is from Kano, prompting widespread condemnation about the concentration of the country’s security apparatus in the hands of northerners.
There were calls for Adeosun’s sacking after an investigation by Premium Times revealed that lawmakers had been blackmailing her into releasing funds, running into billions of naira, because they were aware she skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme and then forged an exemption certificate.
Seiyefa, however, was appointed DSS DG in acting capacity in August after then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked Lawal Daura for ordering his men to lay siege to the National Assembly without receiving clearance from the presidency.
“We had got the information since 7am that Buhari had already fired Adeosun,” the government source told SaharaReporters.
“But seeing the backlash from the public on the appointment of Bichi as DSS DG, which they had anticipated, they had to make Adeosun’s exit public. I can assure you that Buhari already decided to remove Adeosun before now; she was asked to resign some weeks ago — in August, in fact. The certificate was forged; there is no way to hide it, so to buy some credibility for the government, they just had to let her go.”