The word ‘you are stupid’ used by former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani –Kayode to lambast a reporter with Daily Trust, Eyo Charles for asking him(Fani-Kayode) at a press conference in Calabar,Cross Rivers State, has earned the journalist an honour to be bestowed on him by a foundation.
Penpushing reports that, the organizer Sha’aya’u S-Pawa Foundation, a political group in Zamfara State, said the award tagged, ’Resilient Journalist’, was tailored towards the maturity exhibited by the journalist during tongue-lashed meted on him by Fani-Kayode.
The group in a statement signed by its chairman Sha’aya Fawa in Gusau on Friday, said the group was impressed with the maturity exhibited by the reporter and the manner he handled his attacker that attracted the foundation
“We feel he deserves strong respect and recognition. The good journalist posture displayed by Charles gives more hope and believe to Nigerians that we still have good media professionals in the country’, the statement reads.
“As Nigerians, we strongly believe that if the former minister is truly the activist he claims, he should come out in the public domain and answer the question asked by Charles,” the group said.
Penpushing further reports that, the group, said arrangements are in top gear to give award, stressing that, ‘we will organise a befitting ceremony to give this award very soon after we reach out to Charles.”
The group recalled that the former Minister had earlier visited Zamfara State and left on his trail some controversies that are still fresh in the memory of the people, and he had equally attacked the journalist who sought to know in a question who was bankrolling his programme, but has however since tendered a public apology for the verbal attack.