Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has finally apologised to journalist, Eyo Charles for calling him stupid following heavy criticism from individuals and groups.
Fani-Kayode in a statement denied ever threatening to harm the Daily Trust reporter and stated that he remained a friend of the media and would be the last to seek to disparage those that are honourable and noble within its ranks.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the International Press Centre (IPC) have slammed Fani-Kayode describing the outburst as “reprehensible, dishonourable and irritating”, and “repulsive”.
According to him, “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,” he said.