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STUPID QUESTION: Journalists Shun Fani-Kayode’s conference

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Journalists have been asked to boycott a planned press conference by the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. The order was in response to the recent insult the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain meted out to a journalist in Cross River State.

The order to boycott Fani-Kayode’s conference was issued by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State chapter in a statement on Friday.

Journalists have been asked to boycott a planned press conference by the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. The order was in response to the recent insult the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain meted out to a journalist in Cross River State.

The order to boycott Fani-Kayode’s conference was issued by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State chapter in a statement on Friday.

Fani-Kayode, who has recently been touring some states, especially those under the control of his party PDP, arrived Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Thursday, and had plans to meet journalists in the state.

However, the union warned newsmen in the state not to be part of any activity organised by the former minister.

He poured vituperations on the reporter, disparaging him as “very stupid”.

“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. Don’t judge me by your own standards,” he had said.

His comments had generated widespread criticism from many Nigerians and groups, including the NUJ which described him as “intolerant and unstable”.

After initially insisting that he was insulted by the journalist and that he owed nobody any apology, the former minister later said he regretted his action, but said he was only withdrawing the word “stupid”.


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