Fani-Kayode Reacts To Viral Video In Which He Blasted Journalists
Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani–Kayode has justified his recent public action, when he blasted a journalist who provoked him.
According to him, he was insulted by the journalist, at a press conference.
Fani-Kayode, has been touring some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) states.
He shouted at Eyo Charles, a reporter with Daily Trust, before ending a briefing in Calabar, Cross River state.
He had been asked by the journalists if his recent trips were being sponsored and the ex-minister lost his cool afterwards.
“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,” he had said.
Despite various reactions from Nigerians, condemning his actions, the former minister has maintained that he has no apology to offer.
“During my tour of the South and after a long and successful press conference in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, a journalist put up his hand for the last question and said: Well we do not know who is bankrolling you,” he said.
“Below is my response and I have no apology to offer for it… This is not a question but an assertion and an insult. And if this insulting assertion were made before (Donald) Trump or OBJ (Olusegun Obasanjo), I know how they would have reacted.
He noted that the journalists apologised to him during the press conference and has alse sent his apologies to him after the conference, adding that he(Fani-Kayode) has accepted his apologies in good faith and moved on.
“I have always had respect for journalists and I always will. Those of them that know me or have worked with or for me over the last 30 years can attest to that.”
He said he is of the opinion that the assertion was sponsored and engineered by his political enemies.
He added that they wanted to use the young man to insult and embarrass him, by questioning his integrit, adding that they got more than they bargained for.
“I repeat this was not a question but an assertion and an insult and I will not accept that from any man born of woman. Thank you.”