A new video has emerged showing former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode verbally assaulting a journalist in Zamfara.
Fani-Kayode has faced a backlash from Nigerians after he lashed out at a Daily Trust reporter, Eyo Charles, calling him ‘very stupid’ and threatening to ‘pounce on him’.
Fani-Kayode had verbally attacked Eyo for asking ‘who was bankrolling his recent trips around Nigeria.’
Giving reasons for his action, Fani-Kayode claimed the reporter was a front for his political enemies who were out to embarrass him.
In a similar video, which his Spokesman, Emmanuel Owabor has defended, Fani-Kayode was seen telling an unidentified reporter that the question he asked was “stupid” and “very insulting” to him.
He added, “If I had known that this is what you wanted to ask me, I would have asked you not to ask me that kind of stupid question.”
Like the Calabar incident, the former minister continued yelling at the journalist.
Even when the reporter tried to clarify his question, he was prevented from doing so by the visibly angry FFK.
Just like he said in Calabar, the former minister reminded the journalist that he has been in politics since 1990; served as a minister twice; been a presidential spokesman for 3 years and “was brought into politics by Marafan Sokoto, you understand me? Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi…”
He continued, “I have been a leading member of the opposition, the resistance over the last five years.
“And a day has not passed that I have not spoken about what I felt was going wrong in this country. That is because that is what opposition is meant to do and is what was done to the PDP by the APC when PDP was in power. You understand me?
“Even for you to repeat that to me is insulting at my level,” the former minister told him.
“I will speak against Yari free of charge any day, anytime. I am FFK, do you understand me?
“I take on presidents, I don’t take on former governors. He (Yari) is an irritant to me,” he said.
Reacting to the latest video, Owabor, the former minister’s media aide confirmed that the incident happened in Zamfara State in August after Fani-Kayode was bestowed with a traditional title in the state.
He said the PDP chieftain’s response to the reporter was “apt” because of the question he asked.
“The reporter was asking why he (Fani-Kayode) was always against Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State; he was asking if he was sponsored or not to attack Yari,” Mr Owabor told Premium Times.
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