In his first major reaction, minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has reacted to the story on his NYSC certificate, insisting that his case is not the same as that of the former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
The minister, who insisted that whereas that of the former finance minister was fake, he didn’t even obtain his, adding that he considered his service at the state assembly, “a higher service.”
Speaking with newsmen after his screening process at the ongoing screening exercise for APC gubernatorial aspirants in Abuja, Alhaji Shittu said he had not infringed on any law in the constitution of the country.
He said: “Nigerian Tribune Newspaper even reported that I left the university in 1979 but in actual sense, I left in 1978 and left law school in 1979 and the constitution says anyone who qualifies to contest an election or who has gone through an election and wins, is obligated to move through the house of assembly, which I did for four years. So, it is a form of higher service as far as I’m concerned and even now, I am still in service.
On whether he has violated any law, the minister said, “I don’t see and I’m not worried. Do you see any worry on my face? I don’t think so except someone has a superior argument and proves it.”
Stressing that his case is not like that of Kemi Adeosun, Shittu said: “there are walls of difference. Unfortunately, Kemi had a fake certificate, I didn’t present any, I didn’t have one. I simply followed the constitutional requirement that if you are qualified to contest an election, it is compulsory for you to serve the nation in the capacity that you won an election.”