The Minister of Communications and governorship hopeful under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Shittu, failed to participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC), despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at age 25, Premium Times report.
This is coming a week after former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun was forced to resign after it was revealed that she too did not present herself for the mandatory service and procured a fake exemption certificate, an offence punishable under the law.
According to the report by the online newspaper, months of discreet checks at the NYSC headquarters showed that Shittu did not present himself for service after graduation and is yet to do so till date.
However, when contacted, the controversial minister confessed that he did not serve his fatherland but was quick to add that he had thought his election as a member of Oyo State House of Assembly immediately after graduation could replace the NYSC service, a claim which legal experts and NYSC authorities have described as being ridiculous and untenable.
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“The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there.
“I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service,” he said.
Skipping the compulsory national service is an offence under the NYSC law, punishable with up to 12 months imprisonment.