A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode’s assault on Eyo Charles, a Daily Trust correspondent in Cross River has stirred a debate on social media after a video of the former aviation boss assaulting Charles went viral.
The encounter occurred in Calabar, in the early hours of Thursday 20, August 2020 at a hotel, during a round-table meeting with invited journalists.
During the round-table, Charles asked Fani-Kayode who was bankrolling his recent trips around Nigeria but the ex-minister responded with a raised voice, hurling insults on Charles and threatened to inflict bodily harm on him after the cameras stopped rolling.
Below are some of the reactions that trailed FFK’s actions:
@Yetundemee The question no warrant the insults at all. The video posted by @toluogunlesi was one side of the coin, this has given the other.
Imagine the question @MarcoMaterazzi4 asked @ZidaneOfficial_ at the world cup to get headbutted. pic.twitter.com/ZUPW00I9f9
— ?Zion King✊ (@Tobisky88) August 25, 2020
Its disgraceful he blew his lot like that , whatever the journalist had to ask that question shouldnt mean much to him , he was expected to control himself , better leaders have faced worsed questions and ignored them , anger should not control your words
— Igwenagu Nnamdi David (@IgwenaguDavid) August 25, 2020
It seems like the question hits him hard and he has no answers to it. So he came up with the brawl. Our politicians and their antics???
— Sadiq mb (@sadiqmb3) August 25, 2020
For me, Fani had already dipped himself in a hot soup by boasting that as a former Minister he can never be bankrupt. What doest this mean to you pls? For me it means he bastardly enriched himself during his time as a minister. And I ask, how clean was his wealth?
— M. A. Saleh (@salihinbawa) August 25, 2020
— shamsu Abdullahi Hassan (@Deenboy5) August 26, 2020
The reporter has every right to ask him any question provided the question is not abusive. Fani-Kayode answer the question!!! You’re not better than any other man in Nigeria…its just an opportunity to plunder our wealth
— Julius Onyz (@jikojulison) August 25, 2020
Poor Femi Fani Kayode, he does not have control of his temper. His reaction is the answer to the question he was asked; A Hausa man would say ” me ya kawo maganar rami idan ba rami?” If Fani Kayode is genuine I don’t see how those questions will enrage him.
— baba (@antibila) August 25, 2020