- A former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has denied that he treats Nigeria’s airport security rules and procedures with disdain
- A report by Sahara Reporters had accused Fani-Kayode of habitually violating the procedures, particularly at airport security checkpoints in Lagos
- Fani-Kayode described the report as propagating falsehood
A former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has denied a report published on Sahara Reporters accusing him of treating Nigeria’s airport security rules and procedures with disdain.
The report had accused Fani-Kayode of habitually violating the procedures, particularly at airport security checkpoints in Lagos.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by his spokesman, Jude Ndukwe, Fani-Kayode said nothing can be further from the truth as contained in the report.
It said Fani-Kayode, as a former minister of aviation, knows the importance of security procedures at airports having been a major stakeholder himself and would not do anything to cause the breach of security at the airport or anywhere else.
“What Sahara Reporters and its paymasters mischievously misinterpret as “breach of security” is obviously the effusive show of camaraderie and support to the former minister by management and staff of the airports, passengers and other users whenever he uses the facilities,” the statement read.
The statement said, to the chagrin of his traducers, Fani-Kayode has cut a heroic figure for himself among Nigerians of all status to the extent that he is almost always mobbed by his admirers who usually hail him to high heavens for his rare bold and truthful stand on national issues, defending the oppressed, standing up for the voiceless and speaking truth to power.
The media team accused Sahara Reporters of turning itself into “a cheap article and media outfit of easy virtue available for use by the highest bidder to propagate falsehood.
“Sahara Reporters has over the years gained an inglorious and repudiating reputation as an expert in the weaving of complex webs of lies and staging theatrics with willing accomplices against high ranking individuals with the hope of making pecuniary gains from such iniquitous exercise,” the statement said.
The statement hailed the management and staff of airports especially in Lagos and Abuja for carrying out their duties professionally and in a friendly manner.
“Fani-Kayode has no reason whatsoever not to submit himself to such wonderful people in the discharge of their responsibilities as any breach also has the capacity of putting everyone including himself in danger.
“The professionalism and friendliness with which airport management and staff carry out their daily duties despite the biting economic hardship in the nation today is part of the enduring legacies which Fani-Kayode is proud to have bequeathed to the aviation industry and no amount of mudslinging by the likes of Sahara Reporters can change that,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode, has charged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithfuls across the country to gear up for a tough general election in 2019.
He made the call on Wednesday, October 18, during the official declaration of bid for national chairman of the party by the former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The former minister who declared his support for Otunba Daniel's candidacy by endorsing him at the event, tasked PDP supporters across the country to be wary of the APC's antics ahead of the 2019 election.
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