Nigeria’s Finance Minister Adeosun’s resolved forgery palaver allays my – “why does ‘she always wear a scared look of one in over her head’?” – Tola Adenle

September 16, 2018


And, finally, from Kemi Adeosun whom I’ve described here as always wearing a scared look of one well in over her head with her responsibility of the country’s Finance Ministry: … 



Was this to prove that she did serve the compulsory NYSC or is it a cut-and-paste production? Ms. Adeosun, is purportedly decked out in an NYSC gear here.  Story of above from link below.

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I’ve written here several times about Ms. Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s Finance Minister who recently finally resigned long after the scandal of her National Youth Service Certificate was discovered as being forged.

She is a young woman whose perch along the top of Nigeria’s Finance Ministry and her very young age and with no known expertise of the type usually expected of people who get that kind of position, ESPECIALLY AS A NON-NORTHERNER – yeah, that’s the way things go in Nigeria – baffled me from the start of her appointment in 2015. I decided to stay tuned to news of her work. By 2016, she started to appear in essays here.

I will refer to just a few, starting with the last time, a rare condemnation that Professor Itse Sagay, a Buhari corruption fighter earned from me just last month.(He was starting out his stellar academic career in Law at Ife while I worked at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office as a secretary.)

The following (From:  –

are words credited to Sagay in defence of why Buhari should ignore those who – in Nigeria’s usual sycophantic bordering on corrupt way – do not want his efforts on the economy which Ms. Adeosun led to succeed, namely, the PDP who had asked the woman to resign, to succeed:

“… This woman is a brilliant and extremely valuable member of this government … A lot of the good things happening now – the welfare that Nigerians are enjoying and are going to enjoy … the way our economy is booming, how we got out of recession – are due to her expertise, her commitment, her sacrifice … 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 … If I were President Buhari, I would never, ever touch that woman because she’s damn[ed] good …The enemies of this government want to reduce his capacity to provide good governance … It will not work.” 

Haba Professor! No be corruption dem say make una fight? Ṣebi certificate forgery na corruption, tabi?


NIGERIA: [Finance Minister] Adeọṣun’s “certificate forgery” defense by Itse Sagay shows, sadly, Sagay’s descent into Nigeria’s political hypocrisy abyss – Tola Adenle

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When Ms. Adeosun sent a request to the National Assembly back in 2006, asking for “special emergency powers for the president so that he could get the country out of a “to fix the economy”, I wrote:

“With broken promises, “special emergency powers” by National Assembly to Buhari to fix economy would be dangerous!” Here are a few excerpts:

“APPEAL TO NIGERIA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: “Some emergency powers” to fix the economy could become unilateral powers. Most of his promises on the campaign trail have not been kept. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE BUHARI EMERGENCY POWERS.

There is no need to grant the president emergency powers on the economy or any other matter because it can lead to nothing but a gradual descent to dictatorship, and the President should be careful NOT to allow those who predicted that he could never become a democrat to say we-told-you-so!

As for the “industrialists and experts as well as some legislators”, they understand NOT the implications of what they are proposing, OR, they do, but personal interests are beclouding their judgement.

Despite misgivings about the carrying-on at the National Assembly by most Nigerians, including me, I tend to agree with words coming out of the National Assembly, on its declaration that there are people on the president’s team that should be let go. Personally, I follow the actions of just a very few among whom I believe two ministers seem out of their depths, pardon me. I find no other appropriate words.

Kemi Adeosun. I cannot defend someone simply because she’s female … With images of Adeosun in news report always seeming to show a person who is way in over head, her points on why the president needs “some emergency powers” to fix the economy may not even be understood by the Finance Minister:

1. “unusual times need unusual measures”;
2. “analysts say the country can ill-afford the luxury of time in search solutions to bring the economy out of the woods”;
3. “President Buhari was in a hurry to get the economy out of the recession as soon as possible”;
4. “It is a tough time. But, there is hope for Nigerians, government is doing everything to ensure the country comes out in a sustainable way, so we never get back here again by addressing the infrastructure challenges,
5. “The government has a very credible plan. It’s going to result in an economy not dependent on oil, and not subject to the boom and burst of oil price. When oil price is high, we are happy, and when low we are sad.”

[The wording/language is unbecoming of someone with sound background in Finance; the logic is not digestible; Item 5 – “when oil price is high, we are happy, and when low we are sad” sounds pedestrian!

Just one more:

In “Nigeria’s recession: discordant notes from Buhari’s key “managers” – Tola Adenle on September 20, 2016 was an essay I introduced with meanings of the word “discordant” – Discordant – disagreeing; incongruous; and in Music – harsh and jarring due to lack of harmony:


Since August, Kemi Adeosun, the Finance Minister has been spewing ill-digested and, apparently less-understood economic ideas concerning whatever stage Nigeria is supposed to be in … Once, after unmistakably calling the economic situation a “recession” at a press briefing, she would soon deny she ever mentioned the ‘r’ word until her quoted words proved too apparent for her to run away from.

Only this past week, she was still explaining and pleading the case for an approval of the “special emergency powers” only for Nigerians to be told this week that “the worst is over …” according to one of the president’s “economic team” members, the governor of the Central Bank who, in a bizarre and incredibly-flippant statement to the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, shows why Nigeria is in dire straits:

Here are words credited to Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor:

“The worst situation of the recession that hit the economy is over, by December, the economy would be fully out of recession and be on the part of growth …
“I repeat, the worst is over, the Nigerian economy is on the path of recovery and growth. “Trust me, if you are standing as a bystander, you are losing by being a bystander. Join the train now before the bus leaves the bus station. “Let me repeat myself, we are already in the valley, the only direction for us to go is up the hill …” – Godwin Emefiele

And, finally, from Kemi Adeosun whom I’ve described here as always wearing a scared look of one well in over her head with her responsibility of the country’s Finance Ministry:

Under what she describes as “Quick Wins” – [quick fix?] – Adeosun lists:

” A-meal-a-day for pupils in Primary 1-3 pupils in the states is something that means a lot to some vulnerable families in the country …

“the payment of the N5000 to some persons in the country is also another programme to put some money into the hands of the poor and change their fortunes.

“The employment of primary school teachers will also start soon as thousands of Nigerians have already registered online to be engaged under the programme …

It is a tough time but we are doing everything possible to ensure that we come out of this in a way that is sustainable so that we never get back here again. If you remember, we have been here before. But this time, we want to come out of it in a way that is more sustainable by addressing the infrastructure challenges …

We need transport to be able to move the goods.  That is why you see that the government is making investments in rails, roads, power and airports. I think from the signs we see, Nigeria is going to come out of this and we are going to come out of it stronger.”

No wonder the upper legislative House announced a week ago that some of Buhari’s ministers would need to be sacked. [TOLA]


Itse Sagay, where are you now that the “damn[ed] good woman” has thrown in the proverbial towel!

Words matter, just as principle, integrity, reliability … that many like this blogger would, with no hesitation if asked to describe you in the past, have chosen. Words – do matter a whole lot. [TOLA. Sunday, September 16, 2018.]


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018. 5:18 P.M. [GMT]

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2 Comments on “Nigeria’s Finance Minister Adeosun’s resolved forgery palaver allays my – “why does ‘she always wear a scared look of one in over her head’?” – Tola Adenle”

  1. Adegoke Falade Says:


    I hope ‘Kemi Adeosun has learnt her lesson.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Prof.,

      They never do. Just look at what’s going on re so.-called NOMINATION FORMS that cost millions of Naira.what does that say of the so called corruption war of. Uhari., and imagine somebody supposedly paying his N45million naira.

      What a scam!

      Thanks, and my regards, as always.



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