NUJ condemns Fani-Kayode’s attack on Daily Trust correspondent

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By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

Abuja – Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the alleged verbal assault on the Cross River Correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr Charles Eyo, by a former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

NUJ President, Mr Chris Isiguzo, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said Fani-Kayode’s threat to Eyo had exposed him as intolerant.

former minister was said to have verbally assaulted the journalist at a press conference in Calabar, the Cross River capital, while responding to a question by the journalist.

“It is instructive to remind likes of Fani-Kayode that it is the constitutional right of journalists to monitor and keep a check on people and institutions in power.

“By delving into politics and holding political office, Kayode is very conversant with watchdog role of the media.

“For him to have embarked on assessment of in some states, even though we are yet to be told under what platform he is doing so, it is proper for media to hold him to account for his actions and decisions.

“His reaction was totally unacceptable, dishonourable and reprehensible and we demand for retraction of his untoward, irritating and awkward utterances which negate simple decorum and civiity.

“We are more shocked that same Fani-Kayode who had in recent times, used his handles to call leaders to account is at the same time attacking a journalist,” Iziguzo said.

NUJ said Fani-Kayode’s threat over a simple question on who was behind his nationwide tour was disappointing

According to Isiguzo, Fani-Kayode had already visited six states during his nationwide tour.