The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the verbal assault by former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode on the Cross River Correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr Charles Eyo.
The NUJ President, Mr Chris Isiguzo, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja disclosed that the ex-ministers verbal assault to Eyo had exposed him as intolerant.
It will be recalled that Charles Eyo had asked Fani-Kayode in a press briefing on who bankrolled his trips and this made the ex-minister angry as he vented his spleen on Charles Eyo.
“It is instructive to remind the 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 the watchdog role of the media.
“For him to have embarked on assessment of projects in some states, even though we are yet to be told under what platform he is doing so, it is proper for the 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 the same Fani-Kayode who had in recent times, used his social media handles to call leaders to account is at the same time attacking a journalist,” Iziguzo said.
He added that Fani-Kayode’s threat to a simple question on who was behind his nationwide tour was disappointing.