The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has been found to have skipped the mandatory national youth service scheme.
According to Premiumtimes, Shittu failed to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from Obafemi Awolowo University at age 25.
However, when contacted on Tuesday, he admitted that he did not serve but claimed he thought his first political post after graduation could suffice as national service.
The minister studied law at Ife, graduating in 1978. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, qualifying as a lawyer in 1979.
But rather than enlist in the national service, Shittu went into politics after graduation, and was, in 1979, elected member of the Oyo State House of Assembly.
The minister said he believed that having been elected lawmaker, he needed not participate in the national service. .
He said he deliberatively skipped the NYSC scheme because he was convinced that his membership of the state assembly was itself a “service”. .
“The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there,” Mr. Shittu said. “I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service,” he said.
Despite not possessing certificate of national service, became the attorney general and commissioner for justice in his native Oyo State. He also served as member of the Oyo State Judicial Service Commission from 2004 to 2007.
In 2005, he was nominated minister by Buhari, and later assigned the communications portfolio upon legislative screening. He is now aspiring for governorship of Oyo State.