BUSTED: Hatchet Job On Kemi Adeosun By Premium Times and Sahara Reporters

Earlier today, NYSC released a statement in response to the to the exclusive story published by PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday detailing how Mrs Kemi Adeosun skipped the mandatory national service and forged an exemption certificate of the service to cover for it.

Below Is The full text of the NYSC’s statement:



Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate.

We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.

Thank you.

Adeyemi Adenike (Mrs.)

Director, Press and Public Relations


Following this press release, Premium Times published a report on their website deliberating misinterpreting NYSC’s statement. Amusingly, the content of their own report is a direct opposite of the headline. Below are the screenshots of the report:


This is not the type of journalism expected from one of the most credible media outlets in the country; this is more like an hatchet job on the Finance Minister.

Crossing over to Sahara reporters, the whole thing looks even more amateurish at best.

Following the NYSC press release, Sahara reporters has published two seperate reports on their website saying completely different thing and both cited the NYSC press release. Even though, NYSC clearly stated that Mrs Kemi Adeosun ‘did’ apply for exemption certificate, sahara reporters went ahead to publish on their website claiming that NYSC said they do not have any record of application from the Finance minister. This is clearly not true. NYSC said, ‘Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate.’ How is that not clear enough.

I believe having realised their misrepresentation, they published another report which looks a bit better than the first one but still laced with mischief. In the second report below, Sahara reporters admitted the NYSC’s press release indicated Mrs Adeosun did apply for exemption certificate but questioning the second part of the statement which said ‘We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.’ Sahara reporters in their report left out what I believe to be a key part of the sentence ‘purported Exemption Certificate in question‘. By leaving out the ‘in question’, of course it would like confusing to a gullible reader. Because what is in question here is the ‘forged exemption certificate’

If Premium Time and Sahara reporters are convinced they have a water tight evidence to prove a forgery has taken place, why are they going extra mile to distort the NYSC official statement.

Only recently Premium Times had to issue an apology and sack one of their reporters over the false story credited to Miyetti Allah on the mayhem in Plateau in which over 100 people were killed. This no doubt will be a big blow to their credibility if this also turn out to be fake; but it’s looking like it.

News Reporter