This morning, we received the long overdue news that Kemi Adeosun has resigned from her post as Finance Minister. We at the AAC and the Take It Back Movement have long demanded accountability from the Buhari administration especially regarding its many scandals, most recent of which has been the fracas surrounding Ms. Adeosun’s NYSC certificate. If not for our steadfast and consistent pressure, it appears that the country would have been subjected to this embarrassing spectacle with no end in sight.

It is quite telling that Ms. Adeosun was forced to resign, not because of her lacklustre performance as Finance Minister, but because of a sense of impunity that is too common among our leaders. The delay in dealing with the accusations of malfeasance also tells of a government more skilled at covering wrongdoing than it is at the business of strong leadership.

Nigerians, we can do better; we deserve better.

We at the AAC and the Take It Back Movement hope that Ms. Adeosun’s resignation is an indication that this administration has finally learned the futility of lies. We hope that the present government will extend this call for transparency while occupying an official position to others with legal and ethical matters dangling over their heads. We hope this move represents a new found honesty and sincerity towards the Nigerian people, and not simply election year politics. Given the appointment, dismissal and reappointment of those who have consistently failed Nigerians, we hope; but we are far from convinced.

Regardless of their intentions, a new Nigeria looms on the horizon, a country where leaders are held to the highest standards and no one is above the law. It is coming and there is no going back. In February of next year, we urge all Nigerians to join hands, and with courage and conviction, with strength and humility, we will take our country back!

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR & Media
Take It Back Movement/African Action Congress