- A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu has criticized Femi Fani-Kayode's recent comments
- According to Shehu there are no stupid questions in journalism
- Recall that the former minister had verbally attacked a journalist for asking him a question
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Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant, media, and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode publicly insulting a journalist.
Legit.ng gathered that the presidential spokesman joins the list of prominent Nigerians to come hard on the former minister of aviation over his recent outburst at a press conference in Cross Rivers state.
Recall that the ex-minister berated a journalist for asking him who “bankrolled” his tour of projects in Cross River and other states in the south-south at a press briefing in Calabar.
Fani-Kayode, who was visibly angry, described the reporter's question as stupid asking the journalist not to ever talk to him like that.
Reacting to Fani-Kayode's viral outburst, Garba in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, on Sunday, August 30, said in journalism there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.
He went on to note that the former Aviation minister just brought home this lesson.
He tweeted: "In journalism 101, you learn that there is no stupid question, only stupid answers. A former Nigerian minister just brought home this lesson."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of state for labour and employment and human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, came down hard on Fani-Kayode, for publicly insulting a journalist in Calabar, the capital of Cross Rivers state.
Keyamo in reaction to Fani-Kayode's statement described the ex-minister as arrogant, self-centred, who lacks empathy and consideration for other people.
He tweeted: "Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental health disease that involves a pattern of self-centred, arrogant thinking and behaviour and a lack of empathy and consideration for other people. The affected persons are often cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing and demanding."
Similarly, 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 Fani-Kayode.
In a statement issued on Friday, August 28, the chapter asked journalists not to attend any activity organised by the former minister.
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.
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.
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