By Albert Akota- Abuja
The Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG) has called on Nigerians to stop the campaign against the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, saying the campaign was done in bad faith and to distract her.
The group in a Communiqué’ signed by seven different organisations after it meeting in Lagos called on Nigerians to discard the judgment and condemnation trailing the News space.
It stated that there is no caveat on the age and time to request for exemption letter if one is above the Youth Service Year of 30.
“The group notes that, the purpose of the youth service scheme is primarily to inculcate in Nigerian Youths the spirit of selfless service to the community, and to emphasize the spirit of oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians, irrespective of cultural or social background.
“Secondly foreign graduate are not mobilized from the school of study directly but by the application of interested graduate.
“On the time to approve and exempt any person is not bound by time if the circumstances surrounding the exemption are considered cogent by the Directorate,” it said.
It said further that it will be out of place to condemn the minister’s sincere gesture to secure what was due to her as at the time she applied for it.
And that she is also not guilty to have stayed back after her studies as long as the reasons for that action are reasonable and justifiable.
“It is on this ground that we make bold to say that the hullaballoo occasioned by the media publication was done in bad faith and to cause distraction at this period, this we don’t need as a nation especially at this period.
According to the communiqué, it would be out of place to condemn the Finance Ministers sincere gesture to secure what was due to her as at the time she applied for it, she is also not guilty to have stayed back after her studies as long as the reasons for that action are reasonable and justifiable.
They call on well-meaning Nigerians to discard the judgment and condemnation by applauding her achievements as minister of Finance and urge her not to lose concentration but make more effort in properly reposition the economy for the betterment of Nigerian