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Daily Trust hits back hard, says FFK, The Drug Addled Thug In Designer Wears

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Daily Trust Viewpoint, August 30, 2020

Femi Fani-Kayode, (more popularly known as FFK by the initials of his name) the designer wearing son of Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode, (Fanny power) Deputy Premier of the Western region in the first republic is the perfect example of a pig still being a pig even with a lipstick on.

Yes, he is on record to have attended the high-brow English public school Harrow and followed that up with a law degree from the prestigious University of London and a masters from the world famous Cambridge University.

But if the idea was to mould him in character and training in the best traditions of an English gentleman having attended these institutions of British upper crust society, it has proven to be a waste of expensive English public school education.

His bohemian lifestyle while in the United Kingdom included an addiction to drugs for which he had to seek spiritual and physical rehabilitation in Ghana. But till today he has not been totally cured of that habit which leads him to fits of boorishness, irascibility and thuggish behaviour unbecoming of the status he occupies in Nigerian public life.

Though he likes all too often to take pride in and show off his English public education as a badge of honour, unfortunately FFK does not live up to the genteel and hallowed requirement of an Oxbridger in all he does. In the public space which he courts and hugs for recognition and relevance he is always expected to exhibit his base, yobbish, uncouth manners of an alley cat at persons who are his betters in all parameters of life.

Last week, FFK was at his yobbish worst during a press briefing in Calabar where in response to a question from a Daily Trust reporter Eyo Charles as to who was financing the trips he (FFK) had been embarking on round the country, he let rip at the poor reporter. Suddenly FFK who takes it as licence to hurl volleys of invectives at just about anyone in Nigerian public life had his thin skin exposed. Like a boxer with a glassy jaw, which the gentlest of jabs was all that was needed to shatter his thinly covered veneer of respectability was ruthlessly exposed.

In those few minutes of foul mouthed rant at the reporter for asking the question, FFK sunk lower than the lowliest he had ever been in the public estimation of him. He never had any reputation of worth anyways. But it exposed him as a brittle minded fellow who can give but cannot take and confirmed that he is just a windbag and a wanker, worse than the people he all too often vilifies mostly without rhyme or reason.

With his latest oafish behaviour, it is about time FFK met his comeuppance. His verbal assault at the reporter should be seen as an attack at the very profession that provides him with the necessary oxygen and limelight to remain relevant in the Nigerian public space. If he did to a lawyer in the legal profession he belongs what he did to the journalist in Calabar he would have faced immediate sanctions. (Ask Governor El Rufai)

Suffice it to say he is not even reckoned with in the legal profession. Even the so-called “charge and bail’’ lawyers one sees often hanging around courtrooms are likely to have better records of achievement in the profession than him.

He is also not a political figure of note in his native Ile-Ife or Osun State even though he tries to present himself as one. He certainly will not win any political contest there. And in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of which he is a member, he is avoided like the plague for his impulsive, self-opinionated, gaffe-prone statements which often put the party in bad light, and which necessitate painstaking damage control measures to mend.

The lout has neither a sense of shame nor gratitude. In 1966 General Yakubu Gowon then as Army Chief saved his father from imminent death by mutinous soldiers when he ordered then Lt Paul Tarfa of the Guards Brigade to rescue and keep him under protective custody of loyal troops. Had General Gowon not intervened the senior Kayode would have almost certainly been dispatched to meet his maker on that occasion by the mutineers. FFK was a toddler then, and only God knows what would have become of him in later life. Yet even General Gowon had not been spared of this loony’s ingrained bad manners. He once issued a scathing, abusive retort to a statement the former military head of state made on the civil war.

That FFK has been indulged in the public space despite all the known and documented instances of his indecorous behaviours is attributable to two factors; he is the scion of an illustrious public figure in Nigeria who literarily was born and fed with a silver spoon, and also because of the fawning, uncritical indulgence of our media which tends to accord undue relevance to persons who went to the type of schools FFK attended abroad.

FFK is fannying around in his family’s shadow and in the inferiority complex of our media who believe that Nigerians who attended Ivy League institutions in America and Oxbridge in the United Kingdom possess uncommon wisdom. It is what makes otherwise vacuous and spastic individuals of his ilk to bask in the public space with a dubious sense of entitlement, advertising their self-importance in the full knowledge that the Nigerian media will indulge them uncritically.

In the aftermath of his intemperate and disgraceful outburst in Calabar, having temporarily returned to his senses and realised that he had gone beyond even the unduly generous allowance the media has given him, he attempted to climb down from his high horse. But it was done in a derisory manner which further reinforces the utter contempt FFK holds journalists and the journalism profession which ironically is the only profession that provides him with a platform to be relevant in Nigeria.

If the journalism profession in Nigeria has any modicum of honour at all it must put this designer wearing, drug addled thug in his place as an example to all who dare to treat it with levity.

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Zanfara State  Chapter, has drawn the attention of the general public to a fake letter allegedly being circulated on social media that the NUJ Chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM Gusau has been transfered to Royal FM Sokoto.

The purported statement which was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja, earlier, had announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
The statement had indicated that by the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko would serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.

The NIJ chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura
in his rebuttal of the statement  that was also made available to the NationalUpdate on Sunday in Abuja indicated that, “In the first instance the transfer is fake or a failed attempt by saboteurs and enemies of the profession and not political Union.
“During an illegal and deceptive meeting called by Assistant Secretary of the Union, members of the Union were threatened that the state government has directed them to address them and informed them about the purported transfer and decision to pick my vice, who I have had a good working relationship with to act as chairman.

“The arranged transfer by some elements who feel my position as the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council was blocking their chances to use the Union for their selfish interests to achieve their agenda has failed.

He said the fake letter being circulated by his secretary attracted the attention of concerned personalities and his humble self.

He therefore decided to set the record straight saying,
“I’m a staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria Kaduna National Station, posted to Radio Nigeria Pride FM Gusau, a dedicated staff and peace-loving with appetite and curiosity to improving the journalism profession.

“It should be noted that the management of the FRCN has realized that it was orchestrated.

“It also should be noted that nobody served me with any transfer letter, not even verbally till this moment.

“It was a senior colleague on the 3rd of February, 2021 that drew my attention to a letter being circulated on New Media platforms, addressed to me but not served, that I have been transferred to Royal FM Sokoto.
“I quickly called my General Manager to confirm and he said he was unaware of such a transfer. 
“The Council Secretary, Malam Abubakar Ahmed, also called him for confirmation but the answer from my GM was also a ‘No.’
“I later realized that it was a contract by a former DG Press Affairs, who was seen lobbying NUJ members to support his move to unseat me.
“He was seen sharing money and pleading with them to do the “needful.” This was reported to me by some good Samaritans.

“Let me make it clear that I’m still a staff of FRCN Pride FM, Gusau and the substantive Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council who was elected in March, 2019 for a tenure of 3 years or 2 tenures of six years if reelected in the next election coming up in the next 13 months.
“Even if the transfer is true, the NUJ Constitution is clear about it in Article 6 (8)(9) and I quote: “If any officer retires or becomes unemployed, he shall be allowed to continue in office for six months after which if he is still unemployed and his case is not of such that the Union is fighting for his re-instatement, he shall cease to hold office and the post shall be filled through a bye-election.” However, he indicated that the rule does not apply in cases of acts of misconduct and criminal offences.’l
“An elected officer of the union who may have to be away for a period of two years, shall resign his office.
“The vacant office shall be filled in accordance with Article 6(8) of this Constitution.
10. No member of the union shall hold any particular office.”

With all the aforementioned provisions of the NUJ Constitution, he said the desperation blinds those behind the charade from seeing the truth and justice.

“I have never been faulted either by the SWC, SEC nor the Congress for any irregularity which made them to lose focus on where to start the contract they signed with politicians to unseat me as the elected Chairman of the NUJ Zamfara state Council.

For more clarifications, our Zonal Office sent a letter to the General Manager, Pride FM Gusau suspending the earlier transfer letter circulated on Social Media platforms by some unscrupulous elements (copy attached)

Another unfortunate disgrace to the NUJ and indeed its members he said was an unethical shameful announcement of the purported transfer on Zamfara Radio for two Days despite the notice debunking the transfer that was made availlable to the Chairman and the Manager News of the Radio Station.
“Their frequent live announcements misinforming the public that I have been transferred to Sokoto and my Vice was nominated in acting capacity was unethical.
He called on the National Broadcasting Commission; Nigeria Press Council; Civil Society Organisations and other relevant stakeholders as well as all well wishers of the NUJ and Journalism profession to intervene.

The National Leadership of our professional Union is at present working on the issue and I believe they will do justice to the matter as guided by the constitution and subsequently will met iutdeal sanctions on those working to mar the unity and integrity of the Union.

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State chaper has announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
By the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko will serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.
The announcement was contained in a statement that was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Monday.
The statement indicated that
following the recent transfer of the council chairman, Comrade Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM, Gusau, Zamfara state to Royal FM, Sokoto in Sokoto state, it became necessary to effect constitutional adjustments to avoid any vacuum.

The union assured the good people of Zamfara of a cordial working relationship .

The union also expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the State, Bello Matawallen, the Maradun Shatiman Sokoto for his support to members of the union.
The statement stressed that the union will continue to support the Matawalle-led administration especially in the fight against armed banditry through his peace accord and dialogue initiative.

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By Friday Idachaba

Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, has appealed to Solidaridad West Africa, an international solution-oriented Civil Society Organisation (CSO), to train Media practitioners in the art of farming and investment in agriculture.

Edet made the call at a wrap-up workshop for CSOs and Media practitioners from Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States working on Oil Palm production interventions of Solidaridad West Africa on Thursday in Uyo.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Mary Bassey, implored Solidaridad to involve media practitioners not only as participants but stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.

“Please, take the media people as stakeholders and also train them to become farmers. Make them go into agriculture and make millionaires out of them. Agriculture is the fastest way to become millionaires.

“Farming, aside producing the food we eat and guaranteeing food security, is now a highly lucrative business which everyone must embrace to break the shackles of poverty,’’ she said.

Edet explained that Akwa-Ibom had taken Agriculture production very seriously and was producing pepper, tomatoes and onions from its greenhouse adding, that “very soon, we would begin to export our onions”.

Speaking earlier, Dr Sam Ogallah, Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and County Technical Lead, Solidaridad Network, West Africa said the media were drawn in as participants as part and parcel of the Solidaridad interventions.

“They are stakeholders in our work and if we want to transform the Agriculture sector in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck and the media have a very crucial role to play in transforming the Agriculture sector.

“We have seen the enormous task ahead and Solidaridad alone cannot do it.

“So,we need every person on board from the CSOs, the government, the media, the Private Sector and the likes for us to bring the change that really matters in the agricultural sector in Nigeria,” Ogallah stated. (NAN)

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