Former Minister of Aviation, Femi-Fani Kayode has issued a statement following his outburst on a Journalist he called stupid.
Fani-Kayode called Eyo Charles, a journalist with Daily Trust “stupid” during a press conference in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
Fani-Kayode was seen in a Video talking down on the Journalist for asking him who bankrolled his recent tour of some southern states which he labeled “stupid question.”
The ex-minister in his statement shared via Twiter said that he regrets using the word “stupid”.
“I met with my advisors & 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 & using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so, Fani-Kayode’s statement read.
“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 & worked with journalists & fought for the right of freedom of exiression. I am also very close to many in that profession. I would be the last to seek to disparage those that are honorable and noble within its ranks. I hope that this will assuage the pain and anger of anyone that was hurt or offended by this ugly episode. I have now put this matter behind me and moved on. Now my tour of the South continues. Moving to another state today!”