Femi Fani-kayode, former minister of aviation, has apologized to Eyo Charles, a Daily Trust reporter, he insulted at a press conference.
The ex-minister, who began a tour of some states, especially those controlled by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) states in July, visited Cross River last week.
At a press conference in Calabar, Cross River capital, Charles had asked if anyone was bankrolling his trip.
But the former minister, who felt insulted by the question, decribed him as “very stupid”.
His comments had generated a backlash, with at least two chapters of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) boycotting his activities.
The ex-minister had initially refused to apologoise to Charles, saying his apology was for his “friends in the media”.
But speaking at a press conference at government house, Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom, on Friday, Fani-Kayode said he disappointed himself and everyone.
“I’m deeply sorry for the manner I reacted to the said reporter. I was too hard on him. The question was mischievous, but I fell for it,” he said.
“I should have been smarter than that. I am using this opportunity to reach out to him, and I hope he will be kind enough to forgive me. I disappointed myself, my family and friends, my colleagues and even my bosses, those who hold me in high esteem.
“I have regrets, it was not my finest day. No leader or public figure should ever react like that. I disappointed myself. I deeply regret it and I believe it will never happen again.”