Mrs Bianca Ojukwu has rejected Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’s withdrawal of his comments wherein he claimed he had an intimate relationship with her in his article Neither a tribalist nor a hater” saying that the Fani’s statement was only a riposte.
Fani-Kayode on September 6 withdrew his comments in the two newspapers after he was given a 7 day ultimatum by Bianca’s lawyers to retract his statements and offer an unreserved apology to her in The Sun and Thisday newpapers. However, Kayode in his statement insisted that he knew Mrs Ojukwu in the 1980s and that some of those who knew she was his girlfriend are still living.
But two days after his response, Mrs Ojukwu has insisted that she did not know Chief Fani-Kayode as she had not met him before.
Bianca, who spoke through her Personal Assistant, Mr Isaac Igboanu, therefore, said the retraction made by Chief Fani-Kayode last Friday was not sufficient and satisfactory.
Her personal assistant said:
“The attention of Her Excellency, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu has been drawn to a statement purportedly issued by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode through one Mr Akinola Babatunde Rotimi and published in the Daily Sun and ThisDay Newspapers of September 6, 2013.
“The phantom claim in the said statement that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu were once good friends to the knowledge of mutual friends who are still alive is not only false, baseless and typical, but a further attempt by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode to create the impression of a connection between himself and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu.
“Whilst it is important to reiterate that Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu has never met Chief Femi Kayode and does not know him in person, it is pertinent to note that the statement issued through Mr Akinola Babatunde Rotimi, falls far short of an apology and retraction of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’s false and libelous outbursts and is merely a desperate attempt to lend credence to fabrications, which he seeks to present as reality with intent to gloss over the very serious issues arising from the reckless publication.
“In the circumstances, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu is left with no option than to leave the matter in the hands of her lawyers.”