In recent developments, the health condition of renowned Nollywood comic actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, has drawn significant attention from the entertainment industry and the public. The 62-year-old “Police Recruit” star revealed his battle with a severe illness, which has led to doctors recommending the amputation of his legs.
The news of Mr. Ibu’s health challenges has elicited a myriad of reactions. While many in the Nollywood community have come together to support their colleague, some remarks have sparked controversy. Reno Omokri, a former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, made headlines by urging Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, to cover Mr. Ibu’s medical expenses. Omokri’s rationale was based on Mr. Ibu’s past endorsement and support for Peter Obi during the election campaigns.
However, this suggestion did not sit well with many, including veteran actor Kanayo O. Kanayo. In a series of Instagram videos, Kanayo expressed his strong disapproval of Omokri’s comments, labeling them as heartless and attention-seeking. He emphasized the personal nature of giving and criticized those using the situation to gain personal attention or make insensitive remarks.
Kanayo’s sentiments were echoed by other figures in the entertainment industry. He highlighted that supporting a fellow actor is an individual choice and should not be used as a means to pass judgment on others. He also stressed the importance of unity within the Actors Guild of Nigeria and the need for collective support during such challenging times.
Furthermore, Kanayo appreciated those who had already extended their support to Mr. Ibu and his family. He also emphasized the importance of privacy in giving, noting that many individuals choose to help without seeking public acknowledgment.