Expensive Chief Femi Fani-Kayode,
I watched earlier at the moment a video of your verbal engagement with Eyo Charles, a journalist withDay by day Belief newspaper. You had been visibly upset by the query round who was bankrolling your one-week journey to the Niger Delta area. A Premium Times transcript of your verbal takedown of the journalist reveals that you just requested What sort of insulting query is that? Which bankroll? To do what? Who may give me cash for something? Who do you assume you might be speaking to? Bankroll what? Go and report your self to your publisherI may see out of your face earlier than you bought right here, how silly you might be. Dont ever discuss to me like that.
Two issues stood out for me once I watched the video. First, the category divide between you and the journalist was evident. The Cambridge-trained son of Chief Remi Fani-Kayode versus a journalist with unknown pedigree. I believe you bought away with one. The journalist appeared intimidated. He has admitted to being disorganised in that second. Second, the dearth of respect for the rights and dignity of others was additionally on show. It’s sadly a standard thread in impoverished societies. We appear to overproduce large males with outsized fragile egos and disdain for human rights. You displayed the instincts of somebody who would make a fantastic dictator. Think about a President FFK!
It’s time to present your ethical fibre, the content material of your upbringing and the way you might be parenting your youngsters. You could have a duty to make amends. I imagine your efficiency in that video is beneath you and your pedigree. I urge you to apologise privately and publicly to Eyo Charles. It’s possible you’ll contemplate visiting Mr. Charles in individual to apologise…
Your humiliation of the journalist sums up why human rights will not be revered in Nigeria. I don’t assume you possibly can have finished that to a journalist from a well-resourced organisation. The journalist was conscious of his social positionality. He knew that institutional and organisational assist for him was unreliable if out there in any respect. He additionally wanted the job to feed his household and was silent as you threatened to report him to his writer. I used to be fairly shocked that he sat down and consumed all of the insults. On the threat of over-analysis (or God forbid, blaming the sufferer), he’s assured an unremarkable profession except he grows a liver as we are saying in Nigeria. He ought to have asserted himself in your presence with none worry. He performed the position of a lamb on the slaughterhouse of your phrases.
To be clear, Chief FFK, you stripped Eyo Charles of his humanity and dignity within the full glare of his colleagues. Given the time-space compression of social media (the insignia of the instances), you humiliated him within the presence of a world viewers. The journalist has since indicated that he regretted apologising to you. He has acknowledged, I’m 53, he’s not a lot older than me. I’m not a baby, I’m an grownup and I’ve youngsters. I don’t assume you need to have spoken to him like that even when he had been a 21-year previous childless journalist or your driver. We owe ourselves the dignity of the human individual. We should respect fellow human beings, no matter social class or different markers of identification. You possibly can have expressed your dissatisfaction with the premise of the query with out humiliating Mr. Charles.
Criticisms of your phrases are mounting on social media. Many will pour stronger invectives on you than what you displayed within the video. Some will accomplish that due to their disagreement together with your political opinions and antecedents. Your political opponents will milk the scenario. Make no errors about it; no matter criticisms you obtain on this matter can hardly be condemned.
Political elites as your self have a large duty. The alerts political elites ship play a big position within the type of society now we have. Your actions could appear small however will go an extended approach to symbolise respect for journalists and fellow Nigerians.
My recommendation to you comes from the worldview of our individuals bibi ire kose fi owo ra (being well-born or socialised appropriately can’t be bought). It’s time to present your ethical fibre, the content material of your upbringing and the way you might be parenting your youngsters. You could have a duty to make amends. I imagine your efficiency in that video is beneath you and your pedigree. I urge you to apologise privately and publicly to Eyo Charles. It’s possible you’ll contemplate visiting Mr. Charles in individual to apologise and invite him to dinner with your loved ones. It could be an instance to your youngsters and the whole nation. It’s the proper factor to do. It’s not shameful to apologise. Don’t let satisfaction get in the way in which.
Lastly, Eyo Charles is a journalist a member of a career whose situation is a barometer of the well being of a nation-state. Nations the place journalists are handled as rubbish are hardly ever price greater than a bundle of bathroom paper. Pardon the metaphor. Political elites as your self have a large duty. The alerts political elites ship play a big position within the type of society now we have. Your actions could appear small however will go an extended approach to symbolise respect for journalists and fellow Nigerians.
I want you nicely. Heat regards to your loved ones.
Tope Oriola teaches criminology and terrorism research on the College of Alberta, Canada. He’s joint editor-in-chief of African Security. Observe Oriola on Twitter: @topeoriola