The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has written to the National Headquarters of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) begging for forgiveness over his conduct and verbal attack on journalist at a press conference in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.
Penpushing reports that, Fani-Kayode had at the press conference called the reporter of Daily Trust Newspapers ’stupid’ for asking him a question on who was bankrolling his tours of states which he embarked on recently to assess performances of the governments.
The former Minister in his apology letter titled, ’Expression of Regret’ and addressed to the National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) lamented that, he regretted his actions and begged the entire journalists in the country, with a promise for better relationship with the union
‘I wish to convey my regrets to the reporter for my response to him and I also wish to express my regrets to the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and members of the Nigerian media, whom I hold in high esteem’, he wrote.
‘I believe that my reaction was disproportionate and unduly harsh even though I felt deeply provoked by the fact that the reporter asserted that I was being bankrolled by somebody for something that I was funding entirely on my own.I do hope that our relationship will continue as it has always been’.
‘Thanks for your understanding and be rest assured that I not only hold you, your union and your members in high esteem but that I also remain one of those that is committed to press freedom and free speech in our country’, the letter said.
‘I consider myself to be a friend, a supporter and a strong ally of the Nigerian media and my hitherto excellent relationship with members of your organisation and your colleagues spanning over the last thirty years proves this to be the case. I wish you all the very best’, he stated.