Youths For Change NG, an umbrella group of youths committed to enthroning decency in politics, has called on former Minister Femi Fani-Kayode to stop his penchant for resorting to the use of base and abusive language in public discourse, saying such behaviour has no place in the Nigeria of their dreams.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Leader, Mr. Seun Bobade, the group said the tweet credited to Mr Fani-Kayode on Saturday when he was reacting to comments by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during a television programme, is unbecoming of a man who is supposed to be a father figure to all youths and who once served as a government minister.
”We found Mr Fani-Kayode’s tweet extremely distasteful, very disgusting and unbecoming of a man who supposedly had a good education. How can Mr Fani-Kayode censure the young ones, including his own children, if they become uncouth, rude and crude in public discourse when he himself has now made such distasteful disposition his trade mark,” it said.
The group said while it is inevitable that people in opposing camps in politics will disagree from time to time because this is part of politics, ”such disagreement should not be a licence for anyone to pollute the air with crude and abusive language”.
”In recent times, Mr Fani-Kayode, who touts his pedigree at every opportunity, has not lived up to his billing. If he is not fanning the embers of disunity with very incendiary statements, he is employing very nasty language even against those who are old enough to be his father. This is not encouraging to the youths and should stop forthwith,” Youths for Change NG said.