Nollywood actress and President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima has lashed out at all those who blamed the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) for abandoning late actor, Muna Obiekwe to his fate.
Speaking during the candlelight service held in honour of the actor in Lagos, she revealed that she was shocked at reports being bandied about that the AGN dumped Muna.
She said: “Think first before you write. The man was married; he had a wife and children. When you go about writing rubbish about the dead, it will haunt you. If you don’t know the truth about something, don’t spread it. It’s even worse if you are an AGN member.”
“Everyone is sad because of his death. If I had known, being the kind of person I am, I would die to save Muna. I didn’t know, most of us never knew and Muna begged the few people who knew not to tell anyone. He had his reasons and let us respect it. Let’s stop writing rubbish – He drank alcohol, does that make you better than him? Let us respect Muna, he’s no longer with us. Mind your business.”
Speaking further, she accused some members of AGN of double standards, saying this lot were never the committed ones.
“All those throwing daggers at AGN, dumping Muna and not taking care of him. How many of you are registered and validated AGN members. But when something goes wrong, you’ll remember AGN. This AGN is a guild, not a hospital. We are worried about your welfare, but if you’re not registered with us, we cannot help you. We have helped people we don’t even know because they came to us. If you need help, let us know,” she said.
Continuing she said, “There’s also a publication going round about another ailing actor, Prince James Uche. My heart is broken because we have gone the length to help him, so I’m shocked to hear that we have abandoned yet another actor. We don’t abandon actors.”
“We have paid his rent for three years now, we have paid his hospital bills and put him on a health plan. We have taken him to the best hospitals for medical tests.”
“I’m really shocked at the stories flying around. If you don’t know the truth about something, you ask. I know the kind of heart God has given me and I have God’s grace upon me. So no matter what you do to destroy me, I can’t be destroyed. I love Muna and if I could help him, I would if I had known about his ailment. But God knows why this has happened,” the AGN president added.
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