Zainab Ahmed was announced the acting replacement for the 23rd finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, who resigned after a certificate forgery scandal.
A statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, called for Adeosun's immediate arrest and prosecution, while also alleging that there were plans by the Federal Government to "help her evade prosecution", by secretly moving her out of the country. Adeosun did not comment on the claims initially, prompting criticism from her opponents.
Until today, Adeosun kept quiet until she was faced with a report that concurred with the publication and declared the certificate fake.
She courted controversy again when she suspended and subsequently fired Mr Munir Gwarzo as the Director-General of the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission with Gwarzo challenging her powers to suspend him. "This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration's focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign", she wrote in her letter to President Buhari. Her main policy was a bid to improve tax collection and crack down on mismanagement by government agencies.
Born 55 years ago in Kaduna State, the acting finance minister was appointed state minister, Budget and planning by President Buhari in 2015.
The west African country emerged from recession a year ago, but growth remains sluggish and largely dependent on higher oil prices, despite the stated aim of Buhari's administration to increase non-oil revenues.