We are proud of Mr Ibu – Enugu govt

The late Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu has continued to receive accolades even in death.

The latest homage was paid by the Enugu State Government, which described the late thespian as a unique actor.

Speaking after the novelty match organised in honour of the late actor in Enugu on Thursday, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ugochi Madueke, has declared that even in death, the state government is proud of Mr Ibu.

As part of activities for the late actor’s burial, the match took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, against the current reigning Champions of the Nigerian Premier League, Rangers Football Club of Enugu.

The statement quoted Madueke to have said, “Mr Ibu was a great and unique actor. That was what brought all those people out to honour him, and Enugu State Government is proud of him.”

Also speaking, the Central Planning Committee Chairman, Monday Ani thanked all who took out time to grace the event.
He thanked the government of Enugu state, the General Manager of Rangers FC, Amobi Ezeani, and all those who played one role or the other in making the novelty match a success.

He said, “I appreciate the Enugu State Government for the provision of an enabling environment for this event of high magnitude to happen and their support too. Also, Rangers FC, especially the General Manager, Amobi Ezeani, for the role he has played.

“The celebrities, politicians, and captains of industries came in large numbers to honour Mr. Ibu. The crowd who came to watch, security, and finally the CPC which every key member was on their toes for the success of the event, thank you!”

In his remarks, Nollywood actor, Charles Anwurem, said, “Mr Ibu was a character player, but now he cannot do anything. One of the things that killed him was torture of the heart.”