Nigeria Union of Journalists has lambasted former Aviation minister, Femi Fani Kayode describing him as ” intolerant and unstable person”.
The union, in a statement, was reacting to the former minister’s assault of a reporter with Daily Trust during a press conference in Calabar, Cross Rivers state.
The fourth estate of the realm demands an apology from the former minister adding that it is the constitutional right of news men to keep a check on people and institutions in power.
Meanwhile, the former minister has maintained that he does not hold anyone an apology over the outburst that occurred during the press conference.
Fani Kayode in a response to Gatekeeper News request said
“Below is my response and I have no apology to offer for it.
The young man apologised to me during the press conference and sent his apologies to me after the conference. I have 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.
However there is a distinction between asking a question and offering a gratuitous insult .
This is all the more so when it is clear that the assertion was sponsored and engineered by my political enemies who wanted to use the young man to insult and embarrass me and question my integrity. Well 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.
The assertion or assumption that I am being bankrolled by anyone is deeply insulting.
Finally to the NUJ I say you have got me completely wrong. It would have been better if you had heard my own side of the story and established who was behind this whole incident and attempt to embarrass me, who paid for it and how much they paid before going to press. Nevertheless I still hold you in high esteem.
Fani Kayode said the reporter didn’t ask a question but he made an allegation.