The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the outburst of Femi Fani-Kayode at a press conference in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
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In a statement signed by Chris Isiguzo, NUJ President, he described the politician as unstable and intolerant for his outburst and threats against Eyo Charles, the correspondent of the Daily Trust Newspaper.
“By denigrating the journalist, Fani Kayode has exposed himself the more as an intolerant and unstable person who will not want his activities closely scrutinised by the media.
“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.
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“By delving into politics and holding political office, Fani 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.
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“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 civility,” the statement read in part.
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Isiguzo described as shocking that Fani-Kayode had attacked a journalist over a mere question while he used his won social media handles to call government officials to account.