The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has dismissed the claims that it abandoned actor Kenneth ‘Aguba’ Jideofor.
Photos of Jideofor in a dilapidated building surfaced and went viral on social media platforms on Monday, with concerns raised about his wellbeing.
There was also a chorus of condemnation aimed at the AGN for allegedly failing to take good care of its members.
But in a statement by Kemi Adekomi, the SSA of the guild, Emeka Rollas, the AGN president, debunked the claims that Aguba was abandoned.
The statement added that the ace actor had been provided with accommodation and medical needs by the Enugu chapter of the guild for about four years.
Rollas said the guild stopped when his matter “which could be spiritual” got worse.
“The attention of the Actors Guild of Nigeria has been drawn to an online viral picture of veteran actor, Kenneth Aguba living on the street,” the statement read.
“The National President of the Guild, Ejezie Emeka Rollas wishes to state in clear terms that the Guild has never abandoned Kenneth Aguba.
“Enugu state chapter of the Guild and individual members have been supportive in both provisions of accommodation and medical interventions in the past four years to the veteran actor until his matter which could be a spiritual issue, degenerated recently. The Guild just does not make public, issues regarding assistance to its members.
“The National President frowns at the shades thrown at the leadership of the Guild since the story went viral, describing it as the handwork of detractors which may not be unconnected with the present towering reputation of the Guild.
“Actors Guild of Nigeria wishes to reiterate that it welcomes inquiries on issues regarding welfare of members, as the Guild runs an open-door policy and calls on the public to always verify their stories before expressing not-so-palatable comments.
“Meanwhile, the National President wishes to thank good-spirited members who have called to show concern and willingness to provide immediate intervention.”
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