Femi Fani-Kayode

Jude Ndukwe

We read the story in your Lanre Alfred’s “High Life” column on page 84 and 85 of the Sunday 14th January edition of your newspaper.
In that story the author wrote that Chief Orji Kalu is the owner of Chief Fani-Kayode’s Abuja home and that he was described by Kalu as a “good tenant” who “always pays his rent on time”.

We have been in touch with Chief Orji Kalu and he has categorically denied making such assertions to you. Whichever way it is needless to say that the assertion is false in its entirety and is a figment of the writer’s fertile imagination.

He also wrote that “despite all the largess he (meaning Chief Fani-Kayode) got in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, he does not have a house to his name”.

This assertion is also false and factually incorrect and it is unfortunate that the writer did not handle the matter with the usual level of professionalism that we have come to expect of THISDAY Newspaper, a newspaper that Chief Fani-Kayode holds in the highest esteem.

For the record Chief Orji Kalu is not the owner of Chief Fani-Kayode’s Abuja home and Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and his family do indeed own numerous properties in various parts of Abuja and in Nigeria which predate the advent of the Jonathan government.

The writer’s malicious and calculated attempt to demean and shame him and his family and paint him as a treasury looter who got “largesse” from President Jonathan even though no court of law has ever found him guilty of being one or having done so is regrettable.
This letter is appropiate and necessary and we sincerely hope that you will use your good offices to set the record straight.

–––Ndukwe is Special Assistant on Media to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode