Bakare: I Met Buhari for Send­ing High Pro­file Del­e­ga­tion to My Mum’s Burial

Says meet­ing un­con­nected with Adeo­sun

THISDAY - - NEWS - OmololuO­gun­made

The Over­seer of the Lat­ter Rain As­sem­bly, Pas­tor Tunde Bakare, yes­ter­day in Abuja said he met with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in the Pres­i­den­tial Villa to thank him for dis­patch­ing a high pro­file del­e­ga­tion to the fu­neral of his mother penul­ti­mate week­end.

Bakare em­pha­sised that he did not meet with the pres­i­dent along with the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Mrs. Kemi Adeo­sun, as widely re­ported by dif­fer­ent me­dia plat­forms yes­ter­day.

Var­i­ous me­dia plat­forms had re­ported that both Bakare and Adeo­sun met with Buhari be­hind closed-doors af­ter the ju’mat ser­vice be­cause both of them were seen to­gether in the Villa.

The re­ports had cre­ated the im­pres­sion that both per­son­al­i­ties met with the pres­i­dent over the al­leged Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) cer­tifi­cate scan­dal in­volv­ing the min­is­ter.

But Bakare in a swift re­ac­tion, de­scribed the re­ports as very cheap, ex­plain­ing that he only met the min­is­ter at the lobby of the Pres­i­den­tial Villa af­ter which she went to at­tend a dif­fer­ent meet­ing while he him­self went to see the pres­i­dent.

He added that the im­pres­sion cre­ated by the re­ports was that the min­is­ter had brought him to the Villa to meet the pres­i­dent on her be­half whereas they both ar­rived the Villa at dif­fer­ent times.

Bakare said: “The story pub­lished by some so­cial and print me­dia to­day is both and sen­sa­tional jour­nal­ism. Hon. Min. Kemi Adeo­sun and I ar­rived at the Villa at dif­fer­ent times. We met at the cor­ri­dor.

“She went on to see some­one else in the Villa and I went into a closed door meet­ing with PMB alone to thank him for send­ing a pow­er­ful del­e­ga­tion to my mother’s home-go­ing cel­e­bra­tion. This is the truth. The im­pres­sion be­ing cre­ated is as if she ran to me to speak to the Pres­i­dent on her be­half. This im­pres­sion is er­ro­neous and false.”

Ear­lier, the pres­i­dency has de­bunked re­ports that Pas­tor Tunde Bakare of the Lat­ter Rain As­sem­bly and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Mrs. Kemi Adeo­sun, met to­gether with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at State House, Abuja, Fri­day.

Ear­lier, the pres­i­dent’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a state­ment, said the claim that both per­son­al­i­ties si­mul­ta­ne­ously met the pres­i­dent was “far from the truth.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Adeo­sun was in the State House in con­nec­tion with the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing and 25th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion of African Ex­port-Im­port Bank (AFREX­IM­BANK) sched­uled to hold on Satur­day in Abuja and would be at­tended by Buhari.

Fur­ther­more, Adesina said Adeo­sun only coin­ci­den­tally ran into Bakare whom he said was on a sched­uled visit to the State House to see the pres­i­dent, ex­plain­ing that they only ex­changed pleas­antries.

He also said the pas­tor par­tic­u­larly thanked the min­is­ter for find­ing time to at­tend his mother’s fu­neral which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, penul­ti­mate week­end adding that Adeo­sun had seen Buhari no fewer than three times ear­lier this week, and had no rea­son to meet with him again yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the state­ment was nec­es­sary to put is­sues in proper per­spec­tive, and equally dis­pel spec­u­la­tions and as­sump­tions.

Spec­u­la­tions about the meet­ing of Bakare and Adeo­sun with Buhari was the fall­out of an on­line medium’s report at the week­end that the min­is­ter who grad­u­ated from Lon­don East Polytech­nic at the age of 22 in 1989, failed to com­ply with pro­vi­sions of the NYSC Act which made it com­pul­sory for ev­ery Nige­rian grad­u­ate at home and abroad to par­tic­i­pate in one year manda­tory ser­vice to the coun­try be­fore he/she could work any­where in the coun­try.

The Act does not only pre­scribe one year of im­pris­on­ment or N2,000 fine for any­one who evades the scheme but also stip­u­lates a three-year jail term or N5,000 fine for any­one who forges NYSC cer­tifi­cate.

The report had stated that whereas Adeo­sun who re­turned to Nige­ria from Lon­don in 2002 failed to ob­serve the scheme but rather pro­ceeded to work in dif­fer­ent places and in 2009.

The report also said that when it dawned on her that she might run into trou­ble, she al­legedly pro­cured a forged cer­tifi­cate, claim­ing ex­emp­tion that is only ob­tain­able by those who have ex­ceeded 30 years of age upon grad­u­a­tion.

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