The former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has apologised to Eyo Charles, the Daily Trust journalist, whom he attacked at a press conference.
He had, on Tuesday, said he had no apology to offer after a video of him verbally attacking the journalist went viral.
Fani-Kayode, who has been touring some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) states, tongue-lashed Charles who asked him who was bankrolling his trips.
He later abruptly ended a briefing in Calabar, Cross River State.
In a statement shared via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, Fani-Kayode said, “I met with my advisors & I wish to say the following. I hereby withdraw the word “stupid” which I used in my encounter with a journalist in Calabar”.
“I have many friends in the media who I offended by losing my cool & using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so.”
He also denied claims of threatening the journalist and challenged anyone making such claims to bring proof.
“I would never seek to physically harm a journalist. For the last 30 years, I have defended & worked with journalists & fought for the right of freedom of expression,” the former minister said.
“I would be the last to seek to disparage those that are honourable and noble within its ranks. I hope that this will assuage the pain and anger of anyone that was hurt or offended by this ugly episode. I have now put this matter behind me and moved on.”