Fani-Kayode: ‘You are very stupid!' Former Minister attacks journalist

By Tunde Olorungbotemi

Nigeria’s ex-Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, 59, has attacked a journalist during a press conference.

Femi-Fani-Kayode, Former Aviation Minister under Olusegun Obasanjo(Credit: Africa TV)

Also,Fani-Kayode was Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006.

According to viral video obtained by this newspaper.

VOICE AIR MEDIA is yet to ascertain what the DailyTrust journalist’s question was, but he got more than an earful from the politician who reminded the reporter he’s got a short fuse.

From Fani-Kayode’s declamation, the DailyTrust correspondent probably asked the politician if he’s being paid for some of his recent remarks and criticisms.

“What type of stupid question is that? Bankrolling who? Do you know who you are talking to? I will not take any questions from this man. What type of insulting question is that? Which bankroll? To do what? Who can give me money for anything?”, Fani-Kayode yelled, eyes bulging and veins threatening to jut out of neck.

“Who do you think you are talking to? Bankroll what? Go and report yourself to your publisher. Please don’t insult me here. I could see from your face, before you got here, how stupid you are. Don’t ever talk to me like that.

“You have a small mind. Don’t judge me by your own standards. I have been in politics since 1990. I am not one of those politicians you think will just come….I have been locked up how many times by this government...suffered. I have been persecuted. Unlike most of the politicians you follow for brown envelope. You!

“I spend, I don’t take. And I am not a poor man. I have never been and will never be. Bankroll who? A former minister? A lawyer? Don’t ever try that with me again. I have a short fuse. Very stupid!!,” Fani-Kayode repeated one last time before storming out of the room in a huff.

While reacting, the journalist was apologizing to him.

"Sorry sir, sorry Sir, sorry Sir"


Afterwards, some of the journalists could be heard telling the reporter who got under the politician's skin, that he messed up.

“You see your life? You see your life,” one journalist in a red shirt said.

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Fani-Kayode his Minister of Aviation from November 7, 2006 to May 29, 2007.

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