Fani-Kayode Regrets Outrage On Daily Trust Reporter…Apologizes For His Outburst
Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has tendered apology for what transpired during a press conference in Calabar Cross River State where he refered to a Daily Trust newspaper reporter Eyo Charles, as “stupid.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday. He has according to him made some consultations and therefore wishes to apologize.
“I met with my advisors till late last night and I wish to say the following. I hereby withdraw the word ‘stupid’ which I used in my encounter with a journalist in Calabar. I have many friends in the media who I offended by losing my cool and using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so.”
As for whether Fani-Kayode threathened to harm the Daily Trust reporter, the statement reads:
“I do, however, wish to state categorically that no threat of physical harm was ever made to the journalist in question and neither did I send anyone to threaten him. Anyone that says otherwise is lying and I challenge them to bring the proof.
“I would never seek to physically harm a journalist. For the last 30 years I have defended and worked with journalists and fought for the right of freedom of expression.” He remains the friend of the media. He said.
The Daily Trust reporter in a video that has gone viral on social media is seen dumb founded while receiving barrels of insults from Fani-Kayode who termed his question as “stupid”and that angered him.
The Daily Trust reporter’s question which was said have provoked him was, ”who bankrolled his recent tour of several southern states?”
The former minister in his outburst was said to have altered the following.
“I am saying this on live TV. What type of stupid question is that? Bankrolling who? Do you know who you are talking to? I will not take any questions from this man. What type of insulting question is that? Which bankroll? To do what? Who can give me money for anything? Who do you think you are talking to? Go and report yourself to your publisher? Please don’t insult me here. I don’t want to take any questions from this man.
“I could see from your face before you got here, how stupid you are. Don’t ever talk to me like that. Who do you think you’re talking to? Bankroll who? You think I am one of those ones you… from who, when, how? You have a small mind, very small mind. Don’t judge me by your own standards.”
This recent outburst of the former minister however attracted a lot of criticisms as well as condemnation from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the management of Daily Trust who threathens to take necessary action should anything happens to its staff.