Legendary actor, Kanayo. O. Kanayo, has fired a warning to Nigerians not to chase clout with the illness of his colleague, Mr. Ibu, better known as John Okafor.
Kanayo voiced the warning via a video on his verified Instagram account on Thursday.
Okay.ng had reported that the veteran Nigeria comic actor, John Okafor fondly known as Mr Ibu shared a video announcing to his fans that he has been diagnosed with an illness which he did not disclose.
According to the thespian, he stated that his doctor has said that if the prescribed medications do not work his leg will be amputated. Mr Ibu solicited help while asking for prayers to overcome his predicament.
The video which came as a shock to people has sparked different opinions with some like Reno Omokri, and Uche Maduagwu, slamming the actor’s colleagues for neglecting him in his time of need
In reaction to those pointing at Mr Ibu’s colleagues accusing them of deserting the comic film star, Kanayo said both in English and Igbo language in part,
“Hello friends, good morning. As actors, our heart goes out to our very dear colleague, John Okafor (Mr Ibu). His family have been doing their very best since he was reported sick last year and now they have come out to say that they have done their best and need public support. It is not in any sense wrong.
“Would you feel bad or better if we kept quiet and allow our colleague to die? I condemn in strict terms Reno Omokri who is calling Peter Obi’s name and so on. It is not a friendly thing, it is wicked; and the other guy, I think Uche Maduagwu talked about shame on top actors. Shame on you too. I say shame on you because you don’t have any value or level to call our names.
The actor further stated,
“It is an individual thing to support a colleague. It becomes a collective as the Actors Guild of Nigeria who have tried their best in such a limited time. Don’t forget some people like to give privately as individuals without their names being mentioned. We will as an individual support our colleague, we will as individuals support our colleague…
“Nobody should use this as a platform to castigate and impugn or indict those who have not given. It is wrong and we don’t support it… This is a warning, if you want to give, give. We as ‘top actors’ as you call us give at our own levels. It is not very beneficial or important when we announce it.
“Don’t use our colleague’s name, John Okafor (Mr Ibu) to trend just because you want a name. Stop seeking attention.”(sic)
See the video below: