I watched the video of the place Fani-Kayode gave a dressing-down to a journalist who requested him an innocuous query which “the Almighty” discovered irritating and pesky, “Who is bankrolling your tour?” That was it! Femi emptied the content material of his pugnacious buccal cavity on the journalist. He referred to as him silly and expended minutes chopping the reporter to insignificant bits.
Femi mentioned he had a brief fuse and requested the reporter to measurement him up as a result of …I’m a former minister, lawyer…. Who do you suppose you’re speaking to?
Femis diatribe: “Do you know who you are talking to? What type of insulting question is that? Which bankroll, to do what? Who can give me money for anything? Who do you think you are talking to? Go and report yourself to your publisher. I could see from your face before you got here, how stupid you are. Dont ever talk to me like that. Who do you think youre talking to? Bankroll who? You think I am one of those ones you from who, when, how? You have a small mind, very small mind.”
“Who’s bankrolling your tour? The non-toxic query that bled Femis poison. Femi just isn’t a disguisable character for integrity. He’s infamous in political circles as a mercenary who can serve anybody and any goal so long as his stomach will get stuffed. His former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he turned in opposition to after Goodluck Jonathan picked him as much as wait on the desk, put a stamp of affirmation on Femis devious structure.
Obasanjo as soon as mentioned: Femi is my boy. For those who give him meals, he’ll sing for you?
Femi was vicious on former president Jonathan not till he was appointed to be the spokesman of the re-election marketing campaign of the previous president. However he spoke to Jonathan to defeat in 2015.
Lately, Femi launched into a PR tour of PDP states. He travelled to Zamfara the place the governor handled him to the niceties of princes. The previous minister who’s a recognized adversary of the north as his writings and public statements present geared into duplicity afterwards untamed by his pursuit of pleasures.
He as soon as put the difficulty with Nigeria on the pouch of the Igbo. In his article of August 2013, The bitter reality in regards to the Igbo, Femi wrote of his intimate congress with the spouse of the late Odumegwu Ojukwu — an extraneous piece of data that he divulged to spite the Igbo.
He didn’t camouflage his bigotry and hate for the Igbo. However he began cantillating in a different way when the Buhari administration got here to energy. He wanted alliances from the south-east to confront the northern authorities which pulled him to courtroom on allegations of corruption. He turned an abetting voice, albeit hypocritical, in opposition to the perceived grievances of the area. Not that he actually cared about Ndi Igbo, however in President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi and some Igbo politicians displaced from the eating desk, discovered a typical enemy.
Femi lives just for himself. He’s vacant of character and ideas. He stands for nothing and falls for every thing so long as he will get fed. It’s on this context that the query (who’s bankrolling your tour?) of the journalist to Femi, must be located. Why was he so incensed by the query? He may have merely torpedoed regardless of the insinuations on the tour are with an clever and well mannered reply. Maybe, he felt he was being ratted out? His outburst busts his pretensions.
Femi is vital of anybody who doesn’t favour him, and his strategy to opposition is each savage and irrational. He as soon as referred to as Buhari “an evil tyrant”. However it’s clear; the politician would have been a extra ruthless tyrant if he was sitting on the throne. He pleasures himself insulting different individuals, however he brooks no opposition. He can throw blows, however can not take them. That’s the making of an aboriginal tyrant.
Nonetheless, Nigerian journalists should redeem themselves from the curse of “brown envelopes”. Journalism is a noble occupation, deserving of respect. Some journalists act like peasants earlier than politicians for crumbs. So, naturally, they can not stand as much as them. However what’s journalism when journalists are afraid of asking vital questions? Now we have to redeem ourselves. The occupation is quick dropping dignity and attraction.
Fredrick Nwabufo is a author and journalist