“Make them throw the body for bush” – Reactions as Mr Ibu’s family solicit for funds for his funeral, launch GoFundMe

The family of late beloved veteran actor John Okafor better known as Mr Ibu has angered many as they solicit for fund for his burial.

Last month, the actor’s family had announced that a five-day funeral ceremony will be held for him and he will be finally buried on June 28, 2024. In an update to it, the central planning committee made up of his family and friends appealed to the public for donations to ensure a successful burial for him.

A statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Central Planning Committee, Monday Diamond; Secretary, Central Planning Committee, Christy Ejiofor; and the President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas; stated that the ailment which led to the actor’s death consumed millions of naira, which was why they were asking for financial assistance.

As such, the family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral costs for the actor.

The news has left many angered as they noted how millions were contributed for him during his illness and yet his family fought over it for their personal gain.

Daddy Freeze wrote, “After all this money raised they can still do this?

One Official OG Victor wrote, “If you’re disappointed at Nollywood and Ibu’s family use button

One Lucky Udu wrote, “I feel ashamed. I mean, no matter how pøor they are, they should just respect him and bury him with what is available. I can’t imagine what life after earth would look like for everyone of us. May his soul rest in peace

One I Am Goodnews wrote, “GoFundMe for burial? These people really take us for a joke in this country

One Kwekujnr wrote, “Make them throw the body for bush

One Miriam Jacob wrote, “Nobody should give shishi, they are just trying to enrich their pockets. He’s gone if they like they shouldn’t bury him

One Joe Pearl wrote, “His entire family failed him big time

One Omoyemeh Special wrote, “Una still dey use dead body beg money? What a family? The final begging right?

One Official Adekunle Salawu wrote, “Why five days funeral? Especially since you can’t afford it

One Sugar Destiny Official wrote, “Hmmm this man’s family are shameless

One African Flamingo wrote, “His family no get single shame. I’m sickness and death, they humiliated this man. Tufiakwa”.

Kemi Filani reported early March that Mr Ibu kicked the bucket after months of battling illness. The president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas confirmed his death revealing that he died of Cardiac Arrest.

His death threw the industry into mourning as he was the beloved of many and had made our childhood memorable. The likes of Nkem Owoh-Osuofia, Patience Ozokwo, Destiny Etiko, Mike Ezurounye, Chizzy Alichi, Zubby Michael, Helen Paul, Uche Elendu, and others took to their Instagram pages to mourn him.

Following his death, report made rounds that one of the sons of the late veteran and his brother reportedly clashed over his properties.

Blogger, Tosin Silverdam claimed that they had a physical altercation which left the son with injury. The report claimed that their alteration took place at Mr Ibu’s house over his property, which left bruises and bleeding on both parties.

This wasn’t surprising, as while the actor was battling for his life, his family was fighting over his donation money. Reports claimed that his wife, Stella wanted to take over the donation money to fund her lavish lifestyle, and had used her account to get N1 million from the donation. His wife later ordered the arrest of his first son and adopted daughter, Jasmine.