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The attention of PLATFORM TIMES has been drawn to an unprofessional piece by one run-away Sylvester Adejare, who took offense at our story published on 20th October, 2019 with the headline: “Exclusive: Confusion as Abiodun’s official business card shows Iperu as Ogun governor’s office 2.”
We are astonished by his bitter reaction and libelous attack on the diligent crew of our organization.
It stands logic on the head that a Sylvester who ran away from Nigeria as a result of bad government could pounce on the media because his friend job seems affected .
Apparently, he is crying more than the bereaved. Although, sycophant like Adejare deserves no response from us but we understand the implication of silence and we do not want to take lightly, the misrepresentation of this prestigious organization before members of the public.
This is no sugarcoating, our followers can testify to our professionalism and ethical values.
We wish to state unequivocally and with all sense of responsibility that PLATFORM TIMES has never and will never publish a fake report as falsely alleged by an acclaimed Dublin-based Adejare, neither do we take monetary incentives before publishing.
Our aim in journalism is never to be popular or to get government’s attention but to seek the truth on matters of public interest and to report same with accuracy and fairness.
We must also state that we tried our possible best to write a balanced report from our investigation but the government of Ogun state decided to withhold its own side of the story.
The Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin refused to answer our calls and did not reply our messages. To justify our fairness in reporting, we published the government’s reaction, when it sent a release to PLATFORM TIMES.
We do not fret at this verbal attack on our medium, we do not expect sycophants and mischief makers to appreciate investigative efforts.
Meanwhile, we owe the public a duty and borrowing the words of Henry Grunewald, “Journalism can never be silent. That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak and speak immediately while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and signs of horror are still in the air.”
We maintain that we always get our facts right and regarding this story, we challenge any aggrieved person to take legal action against us.
Sylvester Adejare should ask appropriate people, appropriate questions.