A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to a viral video that shows him verbally assaulting a journalist during a press conference.
The journalist identified as Eyo Charles of Daily Trust Newspaper had asked Fani-Kayode a question, which deemed offensive to the minister who launched a verbal attack on Charles.
Reacting to the criticisms, Fani-Kayode said that he would never apologise to the journalist as the question he asked was an insult.
He tweeted: “During my tour of the South and after a long and successful press conference in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, a journalist put up his hand for the last question and said,
“Well we do not know who is bankrolling you”.
“This is not a question but an assertion and an insult and if this insulting ASSERTION were made before Trump or OBJ, I know how they would have reacted.
“Above is my response & I have no apology to offer for it. The young man apologised to me during the press conference & sent his apologies to me after the conference.
“I have accepted his apologies & moved on. I have always had respect for journalists & always will. Those of them that know me or worked with or for me over the last 30 years can attest to that.
“However there is a distinction between asking a question & offering an insult.
“This is all the more so when it is clear that the assertion was sponsored and engineered by my political enemies who wanted to use the young man to insult and embarrass me and question my integrity. Well they got more than they bargained for.
“I repeat this was not a question but an assertion and an gratutious insult and I will not accept that from any man born of woman. Thank you.