Forgery: We are ready to face Adeosun in court - Olorun
The publisher of the Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, has said that his medium would like to meet the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in court if she chooses on the story that she allegedly forged her youth service exemption certificate.
"Adeosun forged her exception certificate. The story is real. We did a water-tight investigation that took us three months before we came out with the story. We encourage her to go to court if she will like to prove us wrong," he said.
He insisted that the investigation by the news medium evidently shows that the exemption certificate Adeosun parades is a forged one.
Olorunyomi stated this when responding to a question from a member of the audience after he delivered a lecture entitled "Independent Journalism at the Interface of the Digital Transition," at the University of Ilorin last Thursday.
He delivered lecture at the 9th annual lecture organised by the Mass Communication Department of the university in memory of Mr. Doyin Mahmoud, pioneer head of the department who died in 2009.
Mahmoud was a former managing director of the Independent Newspapers Limited, publishers of Daily Independent.
Responding to another question on the anti-corruption war, the veteran journalist advised the government to strengthen all the agencies responsible for the campaign against corruption and encouraged all stakeholders to be part of the campaign to make it successful.
Olorunyomi, while delivering his lecture pointed out the importance of independent media to democracy saying "you really can't have a healthy democracy without independent media."
The journalist who noted that there is increasing financial crisis occasioned by such factors as drastic drop in circulation of newspapers, dwindling patronage in advertisement militating against independent journalism, and advised that stakeholders must be proactive in addressing the problems to ensure independent media is maintained.
He described Mahmoud under whom he said he worked, as a great and knowledgeable journalist who he said was always thirsty of ideas and knowledge and after improvement of individual journalists and the institution of journalism.
Also speaking, Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, explained that legacies of Mahmoud were being celebrated by the department and advised that people should do good to leave good legacy behind.