At least, two ministers that were part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet in his first term were involved in certificate scandal.
While Kemi Adeosun, former finance minister forged her NYSC exemption letter, Adebayo Shittu who served as Communication minister admitted that he purposely did not serve.
Mrs Adeosun was forced to resign but Mr Shittu completed the first term tenure with Mr Buhari.
Speaking on the reason why the duo could not be stopped by Department of State Services, DSS, former Assistant Director of DSS Dennis Amachree while speaking on Channels TV sunrise daily programme said:
“Some of these things are discovered. The SSS will not tell you this person ‘don’t take him, this person is fit, take him’. We do intelligence report and submit it to the President. And in the report, I am sure it will be included that this person’s certificate is not correct.”
“And then of course, in taking a decision, they can overlook that certificate part of it and that is why sometimes you see situations where somebody’s certificate is faulty and he has to take a bow.”
“There are two different kinds of screening that are being done by the SSS and by the legislators in the Senate. What the SSS does is to do a positive vetting. Positive vetting encompasses the background of the subject where we go in and find out which schools you attended, whether your certificates are correct. It is a normal thing. Companies do it to ensure that the certificate a person is presenting is not a ‘Toronto’ (fake) one”