Popular Nollywood actor, John Okafor (Mr. Ibu), is in pains.
Aside celebrating his 62nd birthday in hospital in discomfort, his legs may be amputated due to a serious illness.
He has cried out to Nigerians and government officials to save him.
Okafor, who hails from Enugu State, has featured in hundreds of Nollywood movies.
A video posted on the actor’s official Instagram page @realmrIbu on Wednesday showed him in celebration, surrounded by his family members.
But, he was not comfortable.
He was in hospital garments sitting on the bed, with a cart carrying his birthday cake and some drinks in his front, as his family members sang the ‘happy birthday song’ to him.
Mr. Ibu weakly muttered the song along while holding a knife in the cake.
The trending video has generated reactions from many Nigerians and his fans, with many extending their goodwill messages, birthday wishes and “Get well soon” prayers to him.
In the video, he solicited for financial assistance from well-meaning Nigerians over health challenge that might cost him to lose his leg.
The renowned actor, who took to his official Instagram page @realmrIbu on Wednesday to seek public assistance in a video clip, said he has been down and has been on admission for so many weeks.
He said medical doctors have told him that they might resort to cutting off his leg, if they exhausted the options at hand.
He appealed to Nigerians to remember him in their prayers, as well as support him financially to enable him have adequate treatment over the ailment.
“Dear Good people of Nigeria, we are counting on your support at this point we need it the most.
“Access Bank 1685687982 John Ikechukwu Okafor,” he wrote.
Mr Ibu is a Nigerian actor who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of Nigeria’s film industry with his outstanding acting.
He came into limelight in 2004 after featuring in the blockbuster movie “Mr. Ibu” which gave him the popular nickname ‘Mr. Ibu‘.
The movie made him win an award as the ‘Best Comic Actor in Nigeria’ at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Other movies include Mr. Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr. Ibu in London and Keziah, among others.