Opinion: Still On Adebayo Shittu’s Service Scandal

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Opinion: Still On Adebayo Shittu's Service Scandal

Emmanuel Odimba

Legal Practitioner at Royal-Equity Chambers
Emmanuel Odimba Esq is a legal practitioner and the Managing Partner at Royal-Equity Chambers, Ire-Akari Road, Isolo, Lagos.

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I am taken aback by the line of defence proffered by Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu for skipping National Youth Service. Is the man kidding Nigerians?

I have heard the man speak on various occasions and consider him intelligent. I however consider his reason for deliberately skipping the National Youth Service as one of the most silly and unreasonable arguments I’ve ever heard from a lawyer.

His argument is said to be that having been elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly at age 26, after law school, he felt that was “National service”! Maybe the “Honourable Minister” should revisit the N.Y.S.C Act.

Is the Honourable Minister telling us that Mrs Kemi Adeosun who was Ogun State Commissioner for finance and later Minister of finance should have claimed to have served or is her own case difference on account of the exemption letter issue or the fact that she was appointed and not elected?

It is clear that Barrister Shittu does not come under the persons exempted from National Youth service so he should do the most honourable thing and save himself more embarrasment. In any case, Barrister Shittu is trying to act the typical Nigerian who would always want to wangle his way out of an impossible situation. He will not suceed this time.

Finally we urge Premium Times and other well meaning media people to continue in this good work and revisit the cases of many of our present leaders whose cases have been swept under the carpet. Nigeria MUST be great again!

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