Fani-Kayode: Akwa Ibom NUJ boycotts press conference

Fani-Kayode: Akwa Ibom NUJ boycotts press conference

- Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has been dealt with by the press

- Fani-Kayode had lambasted a reporter with Daily Trust in Calabar for asking him a question

- The Akwa Ibom chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalist shunned Fani-Kayode's press conference over his attitude to the journalist

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The state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Akwa Ibom state has directed its members to boycott a press conference planned for Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation.

TheCable reports that in a statement issued on Friday, August 28, the chapter asked journalists not to attend any activity organised by the former minister. gathered that this came days after Fani-Kayode insulted a journalist for asking him what he described as a “stupid question” at a press conference after his tour of Cross River state.

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A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode's press conference was boycotted by the Akwa Ibom chapter of NUJ.
Source: UGC

The ex-minister announced his arrival in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Thursday.

Apparently pissed over Fani-Kayode's treatment of the journalist in Calabar, Amos Etuk, the NUJ chairman in Akwa Ibom, said they will not be part of the ex-minister's visit.

According to him, the decision to boycott any activity organised by Fani-Kayode was in line with the stance of the NUJ national leadership.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that the minister of state for labour and employment and human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, came hard on Fani-Kayode, for publicly insulting a journalist in Calabar, the capital of Cross Rivers state.

It was reported that the ex-minister poured invective on the journalist for asking a question at a press briefing.

Fani-Kayode, who was visibly angry, told the reporter he was “foolish” for asking him who “bankrolled” his tour of projects in Cross River and other states in the south-south.

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Reacting to Fani-Kayode's outburst, Keyamo described the ex-minister as arrogant, self-centred, who lacks empathy and consideration for other people.

In another report, three titleholders of the Shinkafi Emirate Council of Zamfara state tendered their letter of resignation.

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The resignation was over the chieftaincy title conferred on Fani-Kayode.

In a statement signed by the three officials, there are conditions in which such titles should be conferred and the former minister has not met any of them.

The three officials, Bilyaminu Yusuf (Sardaunan Shinkafi); Umar Ajiya (Dan-Majen Shinkafi) and Hadiza Abdul’aziz-Yari (Iyar Shinkafi) noted that only those that have contributed to the development of some certain aspect of the economy deserve the honour.

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