ATTACK ON JOURNALIST: NUJ FLAYS FEMI FANI-KAYODE

.LABELS HIM AN ‘INTOLERANT AND UNSTABLE PERSON’

*Femi Fani Kayode

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has condemned the verbal attack launched by former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode on a journalist with the Daily Trustnewspaper during a press conference in Cross River State last week.

Fani-Kayode had reacted viciously against Mr. Eyo Charles, reporter of Daily Trustnewspaper following a question he asked him at the event which held in the state capital, Calabar.

In a statement, the NUJ said that by “viciously denigrating a journalist who asked him a question during a press conference, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, revealed himself as an intolerant and unstable person who will not want his activities closely scrutinised by the media”.

The statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, condemned the former minister’s action, which it described as a “gangstar-like outburst” against the Cross-River Statecorrespondent of the Daily Trust Newspaper who asked a simple question.

The NUJ also expressed shock that the same Kayode who had in recent time used his social media handles to call leaders to account, was at same time attacking a journalist for a simple demand for him to unmask those behind his nationwide tours.

Said the Union, “His reaction was totally unacceptable, dishonourable and reprehensible and we demand for retraction of his untoward, irritating and awkward utterances which negate decorum and civility”.

The journalist Union further reminded Kayode and his likes that it was the constitutional right of the journalists to monitor and keep a check on people and institutions in power