The family of veteran Nigerian actor Mr John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has come forward to address various rumors circulating on social media regarding the actor’s health.
In recent days, there have been numerous speculations suggesting a deterioration in the actor’s health, with claims that both of his legs have been amputated.
However, on Sunday, Mr Okafor’s family dismissed these rumors, clarifying that only one of the actor’s legs was amputated last month.
“We would like to express our sincere thanks to Nigerians and the public at large for your immense contribution, both physically, spiritually, and above all, financially, in supporting our father, Mr John Okafor (Mr Ibu),” the family said in a statement.
In the statement shared on the actor’s official Instagram account, the family confirmed that there was indeed a second amputation on the same leg that was operated on last month.
“We want to correct the false claims spreading on social media about our father’s current health status. Firstly, we would like to state that our father did not have both legs amputated, but only one. The first amputation did not completely address his health condition, so the doctor had to proceed to amputate the same leg to ensure he doesn’t lose him,” the statement added.
Addressing the actor’s illness, the family revealed, “The root cause of our father’s illness is not diabetes, but he had recurrent blood clotting in his leg veins (vascular disease) and other life-threatening health challenges, necessitating the need for amputation.”
The family emphasized that they have not taken Mr Ibu abroad for further medical treatment, as the doctor has declared him unfit for air travel.
“Currently, our father is admitted to one of the largest and best hospitals we have in Nigeria today, and the hospital has provided him with a team of dedicated specialists,” they stated.
The family assured fans, friends, and fellow actors that Mr Ibu is on the path to recovery. Still, they requested continued support and prayers until he fully recovers.
The statement concluded by expressing gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from well-wishers, highlighting the importance of unity and solidarity during challenging times.