Fani Kayode’s Writes APC, But His Words are Softer than the Usual Threats
Over the past two weeks, former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has been talking tough over his war with the All Progressives Congress (APC). Apart from accusing some APC members of being sympathetic to Boko Haram, Fani-Kayode had also described Boko Haram as the militant wing of the APC.
This appears not to have gone down well with the APC, who issued an ultimatum to the former minister to apologise for his statement of face legal action, but Fani-Kayode in his usual style called the APC’s bluff and insisted that he was not going to apologise until “hell freezes over.” He even threatened to sue the APC publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, for allegedly lying against him.
Determined to carry out its threat, the APC through its lawyer wrote a letter to Fani-Kayode about his alleged “libelous statements” and FFK responded, saying that he did not libel the party.
But while it was expected that Fani-Kayode in his response to the APC will talk tougher than he had been for the past weeks, he seem to have threaded softly and even urged the APC to re-appraise their case against him.
A letter by his lawyers, Ahmed Raji and Co, addressed to the APC, through their lawyers, M.A. Banire & Associates, dated July 5, 2014, and entitled, ‘Libelous statements against APC and Alhaji Lai Mohammed: Letter of claim’, read: “We act for Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, our client. Our client has referred us to your letter dated 30th June 2014 in respect of the above subject.”
According to the letter by his lawyers, “We have had the privilege of viewing the tape containing the interview and we are unable to agree with you that the comments of our Client in the said interview amount to libel against your clients.
“You will agree with us that the greatest challenge facing our country today is the Boko Haram problem, hence it calls for concerted efforts from all (and most especially the leaders) to ensure that our country is not destroyed our clients views are nothing but fair and legitimate comments from a concerned leader and for which he should be commended for his patriotism.
“You will recall that in the interview, he did say that anyone (whether from the ruling party or opposition) who has any affiliation with Boko Haram should be made to answer questions. Accordingly we advise that you re appraise the case of your clients and advise them accordingly.”
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