The National Cartaker
Committee Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria Mr Steve Eboh popularly
known as AJEBOH has thanked Nollywood stakeholders for inaugurating a
‘Save a Soul’ campaign to raise funds for ailing actors.
The campaign was
organised by Filmmakers Welfare Organisation of Nigeria, FWON, in
collaboration with Brekete Family, a popular radio reality show that
addresses humanitarian and other issues, which took place in the Federal
Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja saw a large mass of movie producers,
actors, fans and other entertainment stakeholders.
The rally which took off
from the Unity Fountain with campaigners displaying placards with
inscriptions: ‘Give money to save our Nollywood stars’, ‘Save James Uche
from kidney problem’.
Mr Steve Eboh Chairman
of AGN National Caretaker committee who led Elder Bruno Iwuoha, Francis
Duru Agility Onwurah Chairman of Abuja chapter, Zenith Abubakar Sokoto
state chairman and other actors /Actresses for the event opined that it
is clear that the immediate past Guild authorities did not put down any
structure to sustain the Guild which led to going cap in hand begging
for funds to treat her own. He congratulates Mr Sunday Awoji National
President of FWON for such an initiative.
The rally was to raise
funds for the medical treatment of two Nollywood veteran actors: Prince
James Uche and Romanus Amunta, popularly known as Natty..
“Uche is presently hospitalised in Lagos due to kidney related ailment and urgently needs to be taken to India for a transplant.
Amunta is also
critically down with paralysis in Enugu State,” Awoji added, noting that
medical experts say the duo need about N15 million to secure adequate
Mr Steve Eboh while
thanking all who took time out to participate in the event adviced all
members of AGN to embrace the Caretaker committee for peace to reign in
AGN. He stressed that Emeka Ike has been tormenting the Association with
a court judgment that he Emeka ike is not a beneficiary for over one
year now and as such use it to hold the progress of the Association
Meanwhile the committee arose from its first meeting at Harvesters Hotel in Surulere Lagos on Saturday 25th
of june 2016 appointed an audit firm VINCENT ANWI and CO of 129 Okota
Road Atinuke Complex to audit all bank accounts of AGN in line with
section seven of the judgement as delivered by Justice J.T .TSOHO on 16th of march 2016.
PUTTING THE RECORDS STRAIGHT
The committee wants to
put the records straight: The emergence of this committee is the best
thing to happen to AGN because its mandate is just to resuscitate AGN
and conduct elections. Anybody who wants to cast aspersions on the
committee should first of all lay hands on the copy of the judgment
read, digest it, if possible get a sound lawyer to interpret it.
We are not here to
thread words with anybody or to fight anybody but to keep peace in AGN
and avoid any party from holding AGN to ransom. We read in the daily
vanguard of 25th June 2016 where Mr Abubakar Yakubu claimed
that that the National is still in charge. He cited the case of Governor
Wike as example of a case where a defendant was defeated in a lower
court and he remained in power until the Appeal and Supreme Court heard
his case and gave final judgment.
Abubakar’s judicial ignorance. Election matters are matters of tribunal
which have judicial time table straight from its original legislature.
Let me also use the same Gov Wike case study for Abubakar Yakubu: The
22 L.G.A chairmen who were elected during the last administration in
Rivers state had challenged their sack by the incumbent governor of the
state, Chief Nyesom Wike, before a Federal High Court sitting in Port
Harourt, Rivers State but lost in the case, they are already in appeal
court but doing that out of office.
Why didn’t they stay in their offices till the appeal is heard?
It will be contempt of
court for AGN Chairmen under Ibinabo Fiberesima to hold any meeting in
Calabar as presently rumored around AGN circles. We do not know if their
meeting in Calabar would save the Guild or just for personal and
The National Caretaker committee has come to stay.
We would also not
hesitate to work within the ambit of the law to stop any gathering under
the guise of Chairmen meeting anywhere. We have copies of the judgment
and copies of ruling on the stay of execution as filed by Ibinabo’s
The audit will be
extended to all the state chapters as well and that is why some state
chapter chairmen are ganging up against the committee. They have never
accounted to anybody. We want to let them know that’s it’s no longer
business as usual. The time of sharing campaign money is over.
We have equally reached
out to St Maradonna Johnson for a possible truce. This is because Emeka
Ike is not in the picture at all. When we are done with resuscitating
the Guild we will then put Emeka Ike where he belongs.