From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
A Zamfara state-based political group, Sha,’aya’u Sarkin-Fawa Foundation has expressed intention to give an award of ‘Resilient Journalist’ to Mr. Eyo Charles, the Media Trust representative and correspondent in Cross River state who was insulted by Femi Fani-Kayode.
This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Sha’aya Sarkin-Fawa and made available to newsmen in Gusau last Friday, saying the award followed maturity shown by Mr. Charles as former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode arrogantly insulted him at a Press Conference.
The statement further disclosed that, Charles was castigated by the former minister for asking a simple question to name out who was bankrolling the former minister’s tour of the country.
Sarkin-Fawa said the maturity with which Mr. Charles handled his attacker had immensely attracted the foundation which was why they felt he deserved “high respect and recognition.
“Fani-Kayode’s visit to Zamfara as one of the states he had visited so far where he repeatedly described Journalism profession as bed rock to all meaningful development remained hazy question to clear as he vowed to dehumanize the innocent Journalist while on his job.
“The patient attitude but good journalist posture displayed by Mr. Charles gives more hope and believe to Nigerians that we still have good media practitioners in the country.
“As Nigerians, we strongly believe that if the former minister is truly the activist as he claims, he should have patently answer the question asked by Mr. Charles which was aimed for the consumption of the general public.”