British gov’t cannot intimidate me with visa ban – Femi Fani-Kayode
Nigeria’s former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to moves by British Government imposing a visa ban on him and nine other Nigerians.
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Fani-Kayode was included in the UK’s watchlist following his comments during the 2023 general election.
Recall that the APC stalwart was appointed as the party’s presidential campaign spokesman during the 2023 general election.
In February, the Department of State Services (DSS) invited Mr Fani-Kayode for questioning after he tweeted that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had a meeting with some top generals before the elections.
To this, the UK government described Fani-Kayode’s comments as “inciteful”.
Meanwhile, reacting to the move by the UK government, Fani-Kayode in a tweet on his Twitter handle on on Sunday, said he would not take lessons on “what to say or how to speak” from the UK envoy adding that he is “not one of those Nigerians that bows, shakes, shivers and trembles before the British or indeed any other foreigner”.
He 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,” Fani-Kayode wrote.”
“I wonder who the hell he thinks he is. I am not one of those Nigerians that bows, shakes, shivers, and trembles before the British or indeed any other foreigner. And unlike most, I do not need any validation or endorsement from him or his ilk and neither can I be intimidated by his veiled threat of a visa ban. Frankly, I could not care less.
“Neither will we accept lessons in decency, etiquette, what to say, or how to speak from a British civil servant. I advise this Englander to respect himself and remain a silent observer when it comes to the politics of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a nation, we are not a poodle of the British and we came of age 63 years ago.”
See below his tweets,