By Glam & Essence
Former Minister of aviation,Femi Fani-Kayode has finally tendered an apology to Eyo Charles, the Daily Trust reporter he insulted at a press conference in Calabar.
The apology came after the many reactions from the public and the media circle condemning his outburst.Theex-minister, who began a tour of some states, especially those controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) states in July, had visited Cross River last week.
At a press conference in Calabar, Cross River capital, Charles had asked Fani-Kayode if anyone was bankrolling his trips across the states.The question was received by the former minister was an insult to his personality.He felt offended by the question, describing the Journalist,Charles Eyo as “very stupid”.Hear him,
“I could see from your face before you got here, how stupid you are. Don’t ever talk to me like that. Who do you think you’re talking to. Bankroll who? You think I am one of those ones you… from who, when, how? You have a small mind, a very small mind,” he had said.
His comments had generated serious backlash, with at least two chapters of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) boycotting his activities.
His initial reaction was that he would not apologoise to Charles, saying his apology was for his “friends in the media”.
But speaking at a press conference at government house, Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom, on Friday, which the Akwa Ibom journalists boycotted,Fani-Kayode said he disappointed himself and everyone by his response to Charles when he asked him the offensive question.
“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”,he said.