Former Minister of Aviation in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who has been in the news lately for his commentaries on the recent deportation of Destitute from Lagos to Anambra State, has expressed regrets on some of his comments especially as it regards some Nigerians of Igbo lineage.
In his latest trilogy titled “A Word For Those That Call Me A Tribalist,” Fani-Kayode or FFK as he is fondly referred to, sought to disabuse the minds of many whose response to his previous two articles – “The Bitter Truth About the Igbo” and “Lagos, The Igbo And The Servants of Truth” – portrayed him as being a tribalist, mentioned the names of some prominent women with whom he claimed to have had “close and intimate relationship with” to support his claims as a detribalized Nigerian.
However, his latest attempt not only earned him further bashing with many questioning his integrity, it also brought him in collision course with his former colleague in the Obasanjo administration and erstwhile World Bank Vice-President (Africa), Dr (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili.
To show his remorse, Fani-Kayode, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Bisi Lawal, admitted that it was “inappropriate” for him to have mentioned the names of some women in his latest article; chief among them, Ambassador Bianca Ojuwkwu.
The statement read:
“Chief Femi Fani-Kayode hereby expresses his deepest regrets for mentioning the names of three distinguished Nigerian ladies that he was once associated with in his last article titled “A Word For Those Who Say I am A Tribalist”. He meant no harm by doing so and neither did he at any point make references to having had any sexual relations with any of these ladies when they were associated with him as is being suggested by some members of the public. He was simply trying to emphasise the fact that he has nothing against the igbo people and that his friendship with these three ladies in particular over the years provided some evidence of that.
“For the record he has not seen Madame Chioma Anasoh, Chief Adaobi Kate Uchegbu and Ambassador Bianca Onoh in many years and he admits that it was inappropiate for him to have mentioned their names in the essay, to use them as a point of reference in a public discussion or to make any references whatsoever to the nature of their past association. All references to them have been erased from the updated version of the essay.
“Chief Fani-Kayode has reached two of the ladies concerned and he has personally conveyed his unreserved apology to them both and to their families for his indiscretion. He shall endeavour to reach the third lady to do the same in the next few days. Chief Fani-Kayode has nothing more to say on this matter and would prefer to remain focused on issues of national importance and not of a personal nature.”