After withdrawing the word ‘stupid’ used during a viral outburst towards a journalist in Calabar, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has apologized for the verbal harassment during a recent press conference.
The ex-Minister also apologised to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, family members, friends, and colleagues of the Daily Trust reporter, Channels TV.
Speaking on Friday during a press conference at the Government House in Uyo, the ex-minister said he disappointed himself and everyone, noting that his reaction was undefendable.
He said, “I’m deeply sorry for the manner I reacted to the said reporter. I was too hard on him. The question was mischievous, but I fell for it. I should have been smarter than that. I am using this opportunity to reach out to him, and I hope he will be kind enough to forgive me.”
“I disappointed myself, my family and friends, my colleagues, and even my bosses, those who hold me in high esteem. I have regrets, it was not my finest day. No leader or public figure should ever react like that. I disappointed myself. I deeply regret it and I believe it will never happen again.”
This comes barely three days after Fani-Kayode branded the reporter ‘stupid’. The reporter had asked Fani-Kayode who was “bankrolling” his recent tour of several southern states, a question that irked the ex-minister.
The NUJ, Daily Trust, SERAP and many other human rights organizations had condemned Fani-Kayode for his comments.
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