The Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) has responded to Nollywood actor, Ernest Asuzu’s claim that he was abandoned by them when he was very ill.
In a recent interview with the Pulse Nigeria, Abubakar Yakubu – the AGN National Secretary under Ibinabo Fiberesima agreed that the body did show concerns for sick actors.
According to him, the Ibinabo Administration was popular for reaching out to sick actors within and outside Lagos State, and had tried their best to help Ernest Asuzu.
The AGN National secretary said:
“Thank God that he [Asuzu] is out of it. Everyone knows that the Ibinabo administration was very passionate about member’s welfare in terms of reaching out to members who were ill,”
After apologizing for the outcome of Ernest Asuzu’s case, he said: “We don’t join issues, what has happened has happened. We tried our best, but If he feels that he was abandoned, we are sorry about that.
You know, we are all humans and the illness lingered for long.”
Yakubu added that there is currently no bad blood between Ernest Asuzu and the AGN body. “He still comes to the AGN office. He has forgotten all about that,”
In an interview published on September 28, 2017, Asuzu who was recently ill with stroke, accused Nollywood and AGN of abandoning him.
“All the Nollywood actors ignored me, including Ibinabo who was the AGN president at that time. She never came to check on me, all the actors never came even till now,”
In 2016, the recovering actor was gifted with a brand new jeep worth N3.5m, and a sum of N1.5m to enable him start life afresh.