Mr Ibu: Don't use your giving to castigate others - Kanayo attacks Reno Omokri

Mr Ibu: Don’t use your giving to castigate others – Kanayo attacks Reno Omokri

By Victoria Oluwayemi

Veteran Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo has strongly criticized Reno Omokri, a former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, for involving the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, in Mr. Ibu’s health issues.

Popular comic actor John Okafor, famously known as Mr. Ibu, had yesterday appealed for public assistance over an undisclosed illness he is battling with that could result in him losing a leg.

In response to the viral video, Reno Omokri urged Peter Obi to cover the medical expenses for the ailing actor.

He argued that Mr. Ibu had endorsed and campaigned for Obi as his preferred candidate during the 2023 general elections, and therefore, the Labour Party candidate should come to the actor’s aid in his time of need.

In a video posted on his Instagram page, Kanayo expressed his disapproval of Omokri’s actions, branding them as heartless. Kanayo emphasized that giving is a personal matter and should not be used to incriminate others.

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“As actors, our heart goes out to our dear colleague, Mr Ibu. His family has done their best since it was reported last year. And now they have come out to say we have done our best, we need public support.

“Now, I condemn in strict terms Reno Omokri, who is coming to call Peter Obi’s name and so on. It is not a friendly thing. It’s wicked. And to Uche Maduagwu, who talked about shame on top actors. Shame on you too because you don’t have any value and level to call out our names”.

Kanayo stressed that supporting a fellow actor is an individual choice, and can only be turned into a collective obligation for members of Actors Guild of Nigeria. He noted that some individuals chose to give privately, and even those who have donated should be acknowledged based on the scale of their contributions to John Okafor.

“It’s an individual thing to support a colleague. It becomes a collective thing as Actors Guild of Nigeria. Don’t forget some people learn to give personally, privately. Even those who have given can also be appreciated on a scale of what they have given to John Okafor.

“We appreciate your efforts in giving but nobody should use it as a platform to castigate or indict those who have not given. It’s wrong and we don’t support it.

“So, this is a warning. If you want to give, give.”

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