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Fani-Kayode vs Journalist: Ex-minister apologises for calling Charles ‘stupid’

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Former Minister of Aviation and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode has apologised for calling a Daily Trust journalist, Mr. Eyo Charles stupid at a press briefing in Calabar.

In a statement he issued and made available to journalists, Fani-Kayode said he met with his advisers over the altercation where he rained the curious journalists with unprintable names, but having realised, he withdrew the abusive statements.

According to the statement, he said, he couldn’t afford to lose journalists he has worked with in the last 30 years, hence, he should be forgiven.

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“I met with my advisors till late last night and 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 and using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so.

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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 and worked with journalists and fought for the right of freedom of expression.

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“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 yet another state today!”

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