Femi Fani-Kayode, vocal and oftentimes arrogant former Aviation Minister has finally eaten the humble pie by withdrawing the unwarranted and offensive vocabulary heaped on a gentle journalist who had just been doing his job, during a press conference yesterday.
A video went into circulation showing FFK hurling abusive words on a journalist for asking him an ‘offensive’ question in the conference.
This outburst was greeted by wide outcry and condemnation on Social Media, till now, when the high and mighty has finally accepted that they too are, after all has been said and done, humans.
In a tweet at 8:08AM, August 26, 2020, @realFFK, the former Minister apologized for his unwarranted action against the journalist, Mr. Eyo Charles, Cross Rivers State Correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper.
“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.
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.
I am also very close to many in that profession. I would be the last to seek to disparage those that are honorable and noble within its ranks.
I hope that this will assuage the pain and anger of anyone that was hurt or offended by this ugly episode. I have now put this matter behind me and moved on. Now my tour of the South continues. Moving to yet another state today.”