The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, says he would not be intimidated by a “veiled threat of a visa ban” after the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, labeled some of his comments before the general election as “inciteful.”
In a message on his Twitter page on Sunday, Fani-Kayode stated that the UK envoy would not teach him “what to say or how to speak.”
Fani-Kayode is also the director of new media for the APC presidential campaign council.
Llewellyn-Jones has previously criticized the APC chieftain’s views.
Some of the former minister’s tweets on the opposition used disparaging, divisive, and inciting language and phrases.
The deputy high commissioner highlighted that ten persons had been added to the UK immigration ban’s increasing blacklist.
Reacting to the remarks of the British envoy, Fani-Kayode said he was “not one of those Nigerians that bows, shakes, shivers and trembles before the British or indeed any other foreigner”.
“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.”