Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode aka FFK, on Wednesday apologised for hurling insults at a reporter with Daily Trust Newspapers.
FFK’s tirades against the reporter were captured in a viral video, where he also threatened to harm the journalist for asking him to identify the sponsors of his ongoing tour of some states.
FFK also denied sending a policeman to threaten the journalist after the encounter.
FFK urged those who were offended by his outburst to put it behind them.
The incident took place in Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Sunday and has been widely condemned by Nigerians.
In a post, the former minister said: “I met with my advisors till late last night and 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 and using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so.
I do however wish to state categorically that no threat of physical harm was ever made to the journalist in question and neither did I send anyone to threaten him. Anyone that says otherwise is lying and I challenge them to bring the proof.
I would never seek to physically harm a journalist. For the last 30 years I have defended and worked with journalists and fought for the right of freedom of expression.
I am also very close to many in that profession. I would be the last to seek to disparage those that are honorable and noble within its ranks.
I hope that this will assuage the pain and anger of anyone that was hurt or offended by this ugly episode. I have now put this matter behind me and moved on. Now my tour of the South continues. Moving to yet another state today!
*Femi Fani Kayode”