Femi Fani-Kayode who used to be a minister of Aviation in Nigeria has rendered an unreserved apology to a journalist for the verbal harassment he meted out during a recent press conference in Calabar, the Cross-River State capital.
Mr. Fani-Kayode also sent his apologies and remorse to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), family members, friends, and colleagues of the reporter from the Daily Trust.
He decided to address this during a press conference on Friday at the Government House in Uyo.
During the conference, the ex-minister stated unequivocally that he had disappointed himself and everyone, noting that his reaction was indefensible.
“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,” he said.
“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 Femi Fani-Kayode had labelled the reporter as ‘stupid’.
It was a simple question of who was “bankrolling” the ex minister’s recent tour of several southern states from the journalist that irked the ex-minister so much so, to cast vituperation on the reporter.
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