The family of veteran actor John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has finally spoken out following false reports that the veteran entertainer had his two legs amputated.
Mr. Ibu's son, Valentine Okafor, made a statement on the actor's official Instagram page a few hours ago, in a bid to dispel the rumors that are spreading like wildfire.
It was reiterated that Mr Ibu had only undergone a second surgery on the same leg as the first to correct some underlying problems.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Mr Ibu did not fly abroad because doctors deemed him 'unfit to fly'.
The statement reads as follows:
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to well-meaning Nigerians and the general public for your immense contributions, physically, spiritually and most importantly financially, to get our father, Mr. John Okafor (Mr. Ibu), back on his feet.
We would like to correct some misconceptions circulating on social media about our father's current health status.
First we would like to say that our daddy did not have both legs amputated, but only one. The first amputation did not completely correct his health condition, so the doctors had to continue amputating the same leg further to ensure we did not lose him.
Dad's cause of illness is also not diabetes, but he constantly suffers from blood clotting in his leg (diseased blood vessels) and other health problems that endanger his life, hence the need for the amputation.
Finally, the only reason the family hasn't flown him out of the country to date is because the doctors tagged him 'Not Fit to Fly'. This tag has made it extremely impossible to get him out of the country for advanced treatment. as no airline will fly him. Dad is currently admitted to one of the biggest and best hospitals we have in Nigeria and the hospital has provided him with a pool of very astute professionals.
While Dad is recovering, we urge his friends, colleagues, fans and Nigerians at large to keep him in their prayers and vent on unconfirmed reports regarding our father's health.
Thank you Nigerians, you have all been very helpful during this period. God bless you all
On behalf of the family….”
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