A political group in Zamfara state, Sha’aya’u S-Pawa Foundation is set to issue Charles Eyo an award, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The group says arrangements are being made to give an award of ‘Resilient Journalist’ to Mr Eyo Charles, the Daily Trust representative, assaulted by the former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode in line of duty.

According to the group, “we will organise a befitting ceremony to give this award very soon after we reach out to Charles.”

OnyxNews Nigeria understands that Charles was the journalist that was verbally embarrassed by Mr Femi Fani -Kayode in Calabar, Cross River at a media conference.

Fani-Kayode had accused the journalist who sought to know in a question who was bankrolling his programme. He has however since tendered a public apology for the verbal assault.

Top Nigerian politicians set to award journalist insulted by Fani-Kayode

The group in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Sha’aya Sarkin Fawa in Gusau on Friday, said that the group saw the maturity with which Charles handled his attacker that attracted the foundation, “we feel he deserves strong respect and recognition”.

The group also stated that “Fani-Kayode had earlier visited the Zamfara and left on its tray some controversies that are still fresh in the people’s memory.

“The good journalist posture displayed by Charles gives more hope and believe to Nigerians that we still have good media professionals in the country.

“As Nigerians, we strongly believe that if the former minister is truly the activist he claims, he should come out in the public domain and answer the question asked by Charles,” the group insisted.

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