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Sagay: Who cares about youth service? We can’t afford to lose Adeosun

Sagay: Who cares about youth service? We can’t afford to lose Adeosun
August 10
09:31 2018

Itse Sagay, chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), says he does not believe that Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, forged her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate.

Premium Times had reported that the minister falsified her NYSC exemption certificate but she is yet to react to the allegation.

Speaking with The Nation on Thursday, Sagay described Adeosun as a brilliant woman and valuable member of the government.

“Let me tell you my reaction. This woman is a brilliant and extremely valuable member of this government,” he said.


“A lot of the good things happening now – the welfare that Nigerians are enjoying and are going to enjoy, because it takes time, and the way our economy is booming, how we got out of recession – are due to her expertise, her commitment, her sacrifice.

“There is nothing in this world that will make me remove such a woman from the government. The PDP can weep from now until there is no tear in their body; she is going to be there. We cannot afford to lose that woman.

“Who cares about youth service? I don’t bloody care whether she did youth service or not. It’s irrelevant as far as I am concerned.


“I don’t believe it. I don’t see anything serious about not doing youth service. I don’t see anything serious about it. That’s my own bias, not government’s.

“I’m telling you now. If I were President Buhari, I would never, ever touch that woman because she’s damn good.”

Sagay also said Senate President Bukola Saraki should relinquish his position as a matter of honour.

“He should relinquish his position as a matter of honour. He’s not compelled by law to do so. He needs to be removed by two-thirds majority,” Sagay said.


“He got there because he was in APC, even though he got there by subterfuge, which is typical of him. He got there in a cheeky, fraudulent manner. Nevertheless, for him to be removed, they need two-thirds, not of the senate, but of those present and voting at a meeting.

“It doesn’t have to be everybody. It’s those who happen to be there. Once they meet the quorum of one-third, and he is there, he can be removed by two-thirds of that one-third.”


  1. Ola
    Ola August 10, 11:58

    So disappointed that a professor of law can be saying this. So sad

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  2. Kim
    Kim August 10, 12:07

    Hopefully no one listens to him.
    He doesn’t care that a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria forged an NYSC discharge certificate & he’s supposed to be the anti-corruption Czar & doesn’t know forgery is a punishable offence. His claim that she’s a brilliant woman is so daft. There’re millions far more qualified than her, she only got the job because of Nigeria’s endemic nepotism.

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  3. izzyman
    izzyman August 10, 13:56

    Please some body should tell Sagay that Nigerians care. And that his comment is an embarrassment to the legal profession he belongs by condoning criminal act of forgery.

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  4. Aleks
    Aleks August 10, 14:04

    Imagine him justifying multiple breaking of the nations laws by this woman – working without completing or obtaining formal exemption from NYSC, forging NYSC exemption letter and accepting government appointment on several occasions without completing or obtaining formal exemption from NYSC. For this kind of man to be driving an anti-corruption agency, it is obvious that the governments so called anti corruption drive is a joke.

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  5. Orogeny
    Orogeny August 10, 14:38

    Very distasteful that a professor of law will ever utter this about our NYSC. So, we have a rule for the rich/connected/elite and another for us, the poor.
    What is so special about Adeosun’s service? Without any apology, I make bold to say that Adeosun is not a “whaooo” minister by any standard.
    Sagay just sacrificed NYSC for Adeosun, and harbouring corrupt minded people like Adeosun and Sagay in Buhari’s government makes Buhari a corrupt human being.

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  6. Femi
    Femi August 11, 05:07

    Kindly excuse my learned Professor I learnt he’s battling Senile dementia.

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  7. atin
    atin August 12, 11:39

    One didn’t count Sagay as as a discipline of HMB. It would mean that those in this fold had increased to two- counting Prof. David West(PTW). However even the latter had shifted ground leaving Sagay alone. Sagay would soon realise that the Hammattan produces cold!!

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  8. Bee
    Bee August 13, 08:54

    Why should sagay and his complots care about youth service when their commander in chief, Mohammadu Buhari, even lacks the basic minimum WASC certificate prerequisite required for the office of the president.

    A supposed country where professors of law and other fields of academics openly sell their academic pride to glorify illiterates and mediocres in return for crunches under the Table have no reason to get it right.

    What a blunder?

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  9. Godson
    Godson August 13, 17:58

    No flabbergasted at such political rhetorics @ all. Paper qualification is gradually sinking. The Nation Is About to tour China.

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