The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, another minister serving in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has reportedly been found to have skipped the mandatory national youth service scheme, Premium Times reports.
The minister failed to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) at age 25.
Shittu, who is currently in the race to become Oyo State governor, is discovered about a week after Kemi Adeosun was compelled to step down from her post as Nigeria’s finance minister. Her resignation was as a result of Premium Times report that she skipped national service and then procured a fake exemption certificate to cover her tracks.
The medium reported that that the communications minister did not present himself for service after graduation and is yet to do so till date.
Shittu, it was further reported, admitted that he did not serve but claimed he thought his first political post after graduation could suffice as national service.
Skipping the compulsory national service is an offence under the NYSC law, punishable with up to 12 months imprisonment.