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Friday, August 28, 2020

Weekend Arena - Journalists Should Have Walked Out On FFK For Insulting Their Day Job..

The people are a reflection of the society they live in. 









No one looks at the mirror and sees an image different from his. The viral video showing Femi Fani Kayode’s acidic vituperation is reflective of the state of our politics and journalism. None can grow without the other. That is the pathetic situation the country has found itself. Worse is that little is being done to salvage the situation.

In the video, Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), renowned for many controversial comments that have often pitched him against people across tribal, political and social divides, was enraged over a question thrown at him by a journalist, Eyo Charles, who wanted to know how his several trips for project assessment in states such as Sokoto, Anambra and lately, Cross River are being bankrolled. In a manner unfit for his status as an ex-minister of the federal republic and an ex-presidential spokesman, FFK had scolded (more like a child) Charles Eyo, calling him ‘stupid’ repeatedly. What was his offence? Asking the offensive question!



Opinions have remained divided on the appropriateness of that question, but the answer lies in finding the thick line (it is not a thin line like people assume) between journalism and Public Relations. It is only for PR purposes, that you prep an interviewee ahead of a session and try to gag the questions people ask. That is more like a drama session, where a script (written or unwritten) is followed to achieve a particular promotional end. Such questions that leave interviewees calm and rubbing their chins with a sense of false pride are nothing but PR. Journalism probes to know that which is hidden, so if FFK has a problem with the question Charles Eyo asked, he should have directed his angst at his media aides, or the coordinator of the event who failed to do his or her job.



It is rather unfortunate that some senior journalists are blaming Eyo for asking such a question, which (arguably) is the most important question as far as that session, is concerned. Eyo has been called ‘inexperienced’, but I do not think so… may be he is inexperienced in asking the patronising questions that would have left FFK with his signature toothy smile. 



Eyo cannot call himself a journalist and fail to wonder how and why an individual is undertaking trips at his expense to assess projects around the country. Has the President made FFK the IGP, Inspector General of Projects without a formal announcement? It is appropriate to know if FFK runs a charity, interested in projects in states. It would be great to know if he would also be assessing projects by President Buhari soon.



The senior journalists calling Eyo names are probably those running the newsrooms the way Nigerian politicians have been running the country. They are perhaps those in charge of the newsrooms when Mr. Peter Obi was impeached as the Governor of Anambra State in a hotel room at Asaba, Delta State… without asking their reporters if they witnessed the impeachment process went ahead to put the story on their covers and national TVs. They are the ones who send reporters to Government Houses and end up turning them to Government House ambassadors in the various newsrooms. They willfully extend ‘coverage’ to ‘cover up’ in the various state houses.



With the permission and influence of these senior journalists, they let the Government Houses decide who should be posted or withdrawn from representing a medium; a trend that has buried so many facts about poor governance in the country. They are the ones who will not rise in defence of their reporters despite their ethical conduct in carrying out their duties. They are the ones who emboldened FFK to use that expression, ‘I will report you to your publisher’ in the hope that Eyo would be laid off for asking the uncomfortable question the next day.


It is pertinent to note that this ‘breed of senior journalists’ was with Eyo at that controversial event. One could see them in the journalist that told Eyo: 'have you seen your life?’. They were the ones who kept apologising to FFK for deriding one of them, instead of walking out collectively on him.

Some have blamed Eyo for looking on as he was being verbally abused, but I choose to believe that ‘his fuse’ is longer than FFK’s. I guess the situation was in check because a politician with ‘a short fuse, met a journalist with ‘a long fuse’.

With the unfortunate incident, one would be wondering what the various powerful associations or guilds in the journalism industry in Nigeria would do other than issuing a condemnatory press statement. But this, like other demeanours would be swept under the carpet. You will know when you consider the indifference with which they have handled the issue of backlog of salaries in media houses. If dwindling revenues in the sector is responsible for the economic woes, the union in such a sensitive sector should be convening summits to find solutions to the problems.


 What one hears instead is a convention, where a governor desperately seeking a re-election will appear as a guest speaker. I can’t help joining Bob Marley to sing, ‘Jah should never give power to the bald heads’.






Ngozi i am one of those on the side of the Journalist who asked that question...It is the kind of question i would have asked..In Fact i would have asked him how much he was given.....

A press conference affords a journalist the right to ask questions and gives the convener the chance to sell himself/herself to the listening audience....
God knows if i was the one called such names,I would have boldly replied and told him my mind and not keep quiet and watch him blow air into his stiff shoulders....

Imagine him saying nobody can give him money.....Hellooooooooo? Can i please speak to governor Ben Ayade? :LMAO!!!!

22 comments:

  1. Journalist can still refuse to attend any of his conferences until he tends a proper apology.

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  2. The matter get as e be. People have been taking sides as usual. However, I don't expect senior journalist to blame the Charles guy at all. FFK outburst was uncalled for and I expect NUJ to take the matter up seriously. I heard that AKWA IBOM NUJ has boycotted his press conference!

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  3. FFk no try on that one at alllll.

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  4. Always on point Mr. Ngozi.

    It's quite unfortunate that we continue to encourage nonsense.

    Kudos to Mr. Eyo

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  5. 😂😂😂 Interesting read and that man is absolutely bonkers

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  6. Apt!!! You couldn't have said It any better Ngozi.
    The question was very Important and I repeat, FFk only flared up because the guy hit a nerve. Yes, someone is bankrolling him.

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  7. Very aptly put! But Mr Eyo Charles should have stood his ground and ask him the same question or reframed the question again..FFK must have really though it was PR probably because he gave them the proverbial ''brown envelopes'' that have been shared..FFK really loves the word 'Stupid'...

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  8. Only in Nigeria!!! Journalists asked Donald Trump - the most powerful President in the worst question. Just 2 weeks ago a Journalist asked Trump about his many lies! Journalists aren’t supposed to ask you softball question. Period

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  9. Only in Nigeria!!! Journalists asked Donald Trump - the most powerful President in the worst question. Just 2 weeks ago a Journalist asked Trump about his many lies! Journalists aren’t supposed to ask you softball question. Period

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  10. There is dignity in labour and it is neither a sin or crime to be poor except in Nigeria, of course. 'Class'divides Nigeria in so many ways. This journalist, a product of Nigerian institution is being embarrassed and insulted by a 'thoroughbred' politician and wealthy Nigerian whose familial pedigree is 'world-class.' Both the Journalist and FFK are a true reflection of the Nigerian society even in corporate environment. The arrogance and conceit steeped in 'achievements and accomplishments' is so Nigerian- reputation is everything over CHARACTER. How many highly placed Nigerians genuinely possess good character? -watch how their treat those beneath them and their QUICK switch as they relate with their kind. How many Nigerian employees can genuinely stand up to question, challenge or disagree with their Nigerian bosses and remain in employment there? The outcome of this outburst aside from making hardworking Charles Eyo but depending on BROWN ENVELOPES to feed his family and 'advance' in life very popular, it may also cost him his meager job and salary, as well as future opportunities to stand before 'ROYALS.' Indeed, there is no MIDDLE CLASS in Nigeria. It's either you are rich or POOR. If journalists have sold out, who else remains to question things and avail the public truth in Nigeria? Hmmm.

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  11. ''it is appropriate to know if FFK runs a charity'' very appropriate.How can he be travelling from his purse,of course he was being bankrolled.

    ''they are those who emboldened FFK to make that expression I will report you to your publisher'.In a system that works without fear or favor,reporting him to his publishers would imply further probe into the matter but since he understands how 'they roll',why wouldn't he be bold to threaten to report the young man to his publisher.

    Even if the question was not 'rightly'put as some say,FFK's response was equally not rightly put.He responded like someone caught up in guilt.His response was more like self defense and trying hard to convince and cover up.if he was truly guiltless,the question would have come as a surprise rather than offensive.Besides are our leaders not accountable to us? Or what is the definition of democracy again

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  12. There is dignity in labour and it is neither a sin nor crime to be poor except in Nigeria, of course. 'Class’ divides Nigeria in so many ways. This journalist, a product of Nigerian institution is being embarrassed and insulted by a 'thoroughbred' politician and wealthy Nigerian whose familial pedigree is 'world-class.' Both the Journalist and FFK are a true reflection of the Nigerian society even in corporate environment. The arrogance and conceit steeped in 'achievements and accomplishments' is so Nigerian- reputation is everything over CHARACTER. How many highly placed Nigerians genuinely possess good character? -watch how their treat those beneath them and their QUICK switch as they relate with their kind. How many Nigerian employees can genuinely stand up to question, challenge or disagree with their Nigerian bosses and remain in employment there? The outcome of this outburst aside from making hardworking Charles Eyo but depending on BROWN ENVELOPES to feed his family and 'advance' in life very popular, it may also cost him his meager job and salary, as well as future opportunities to stand before 'ROYALS.' Indeed, there is no MIDDLE CLASS in Nigeria. It's either you are rich or POOR. If journalists have sold out, who else remains to question things and avail the public truth in Nigeria? Hmmm.

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  13. WALAHI STELLA, I DIDN'T READ EVERYTHING. TOO LONG. CANT WASTE MY TIME ON FFK MATTERS. I NHEARD HE FLOGS HIS STAFF. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT, IF I WERE THE JOURNALIST, I WOULDN'T APOLOGIZE. WE COULD HEAR FROM THE CLIPS WHERE HE WAS SAYING "SORRY SIR" I MEAN YOU CANT ABUSE AND INSULT ME THAT MUCH AND EXPECT ME TO APOLOGIZE. ALSO HIS COLLEAGUES, WERE EVEN WORSE COZ I HEARD ONE SAYING 'YOU SEE YOUR LIFE'. THEY INSULTED UNA COLLEAGUE SO BAD AND ALL YOU GUYS DID WAS STARE AND SAY SORRY SIR. NO WONDER PEOPLE DONT TAKE JOURNALIST SERIOUS IN THIS COUNTRY COX THEY DONT EVEN KNOW THEIR RIGHTS AND THEIR JOB. EVEN TRUMP WITH ALL HIS VILE WORDS AND ALL, WOULDNT REPEATEDLY CALL SOMEONE 'STUPID". ITS A JOURNALIST JOB TO PROKE YOU OR BRING OUT WORDS FROM A PERSON'S MOUTH, BUT IF YOU HAVE A CLEANS AND CLEAR CONSCIENCE, ITS THEN YOUR JOB TO CLEAR THEM AND TELL THEM YOUR OWN PART.

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  14. Sometimes,saying "I am sorry multiple of times, makes one guilty as charged". This statement alone fueld the egocentric FFK's outburst. He should learn to respond or ignore questions he feels that are detrimental to his person, rather than being defensive and abusive.

    On the other hand,Charles Eyo should have categorically defended and walk out from the conference because no individual has any right to belittle another irrespective of the office he/ she is holding.


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  15. Well done for such a fantastic write up sir,we don't have journalists in this country again,journalism is no longer practiced even in the broadcast media, it's a pity that the advice and guidance Stella dimoko korkus often give us back then when we visit encomium magazine as students of Nij are now thrashed away.

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  16. FFK RAN WELL OUTSIDE THE TRACK

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  17. Mr Ngozi you write so well. I have always known FFK as a man who lacks wisdom... I'm not surprised at that outburst. I wish all journalists should avoid him and the so called conferences till he tenders a proper apology.

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  18. I remember when I interviewed Prince Ned Nwoko. There was a tough question I asked him. He just looked at me and said that I'm a bad guy, though he answered the question 🤭

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  19. Seriously speaking, the verbal attack and investigation should be on the guy who made that very compromising and unprofessional remark on "have you seen your life" these are the ones who reports according to the contents of the brown envelope and consequently make bad governance possible in Nigeria. That guy should be sacked.

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