A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has issued a statement on the allegations of threat of physical harm on the Daily Trust Journalist. According to him, the allegation is unfounded.
According to him “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”.
On the allegation, he said “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.”
He added that “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.”
Chief Femi added that he has lots of friends in the media saying “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”.
He further said “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!”