The President of Nigerian Union of Journalist has described the verbal assault on the Cross River State correspondent of Daily Trust, Eyo Charles by the former minister of aviation, chief Femi Fani-Kayode as a New Low for press freedom in Nigeria.
The incident which occurred last Sunday in Calabar, the state capital was in a press conference called by FFK to brief journalists of his tour of the south south states.
The journalist asked him who is bankrolling his tour and a paranoid FFK lashed at the reporter, calling him stupid and of small mind.
He accused the correspondent of being paid to ask him that question. Despite the repeated apology from Mr. Charles, Femi would have none of it threatening to report him to his boss.
The incident was out of the news until FFK himself posted it on his twitter handle yesterday @realFFK and bragged about how he handled the journalist.
The NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo while berating FFK and calling on the police to be on alert should anything happen to their colleague, explained the non reaction from the journalist present.
He said they were shocked as they never expected such an action from the person of Fani-Kaylee
The NUJ according to him has given FFK 48 hours to apologize to the journalist for the assault.
Chief FFK has however tendered an apology this morning via his handle.
He tweeted in part:”I met with my advisors & I wish to say the following. I hereby withdraw the word “stupid” which I used in my encounter with a journalist in Calabar. I have many friends in the media who I offended by losing my cool & using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so.”