Embattled Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and a critic of Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Friday met with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja behind closed doors.
Bakare, who is the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, and the finance minister arrived at the president’s office at about 2:31pm.
The reason Adeosun and Bakare, who are both from Ogun State chose to meet with the President at the same time was not made public.
However, Bakare suggested that his going to meet the President along with Adeosun was a coincidence.
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The cleric said, “Our meeting is not related, we met here.”
Adeosun has recently been in the news for the wrong reason following the allegation that she submitted a fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate for screening as a ministerial nominee.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has also refuted the report that Bakare and Adeosun met together with President Buhari.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the report that the minister and the pastor met Buhari together was “far from the truth.”
He added, “The Minister was at the Presidential Villa in connection with the Annual General Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) holding Saturday in Abuja, which would be graced by President Buhari.
“She ran into Pastor Bakare, who was on a scheduled visit to see the President, and they exchanged pleasantries. The cleric particularly thanked the Minister for finding time to attend his mother’s funeral, which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, penultimate weekend.
“Mrs Adesosun had seen President Buhari not fewer than three times earlier in the week, and did not need to meet with him again on Friday.
“This statement is to put events in proper perspective, and dispel all conjectures and fictive reporting.”
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