Fani-Kayode responds to British envoy over ‘inciteful’ comments

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Femi Fani-Kayode, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, has responded to a statement from Ben Llewellyn-Jones, the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, that some of Fani-Kayode’s comments during the general election were “inciteful”.

Femi Fani-Kayode a Nigerian former Minister of Aviation

Jones had faulted some of Fani-Kayode’s tweets that contained words and phrases that were deemed derogatory, divisive and inciting. Jones had also noted that 10 people had been added to the UK visa ban watchlist.

In response, Fani-Kayode took to his Twitter page to say he would not be intimidated by a “veiled threat of a visa ban” and that he would not take lessons from the UK envoy on “what to say or how to speak”. Fani-Kayode, who is also the APC presidential campaign council’s director of new media, said, “Nigeria stopped being a British colony 63 years ago, and we need no lessons from him on how to run our affairs or conduct our politics. I wonder who the hell he thinks he is.”

He added, “As a nation, we are not a poodle of the British and we came of age 63 years ago.” Fani-Kayode said he would not accept lessons in decency, etiquette, what to say or how to speak from a British civil servant.

He advised Jones to respect himself and remain a silent observer when it comes to the politics of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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