Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, says Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, ran into Tunde Bakare, senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday.
In a statement on Friday, Adesina said the pastor and the minister did not meet with the president.
He said the pastor exchanged pleasantries and thanked Adeosun for attending his mother’s funeral at the weekend.
“Stories with insinuations are making the rounds that pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly and minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, met together with President Muhammadu Buhari at state house, Abuja, Friday. Far from the truth,” the statement read.
“The minister was at the presidential villa in connection with the annual general meeting and 25th anniversary celebration of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) holding Saturday in Abuja, which would be graced by President Buhari.
“She ran into Pastor Bakare, who was on a scheduled visit to see the president, and they exchanged pleasantries. The cleric particularly thanked the Minister for finding time to attend his mother’s funeral, which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun state, penultimate weekend.
“Mrs Adeosun had seen president Buhari not fewer than three times earlier in the week, and did not need to meet with him again on Friday.”
The minister has been in the news over alleged forgery of her exemption certificate from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).