The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee for president in 2023, Atiku Abubakar, has called the passing of Nollywood actor John Okafor, also referred to as Mr. Ibu, a great loss.

Atiku stated that since Mr. Ibu entertained people throughout his life, he will be much missed.

Posting on X, the former Vice President wrote: “The reported deaths of actor and comedian John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu and ex-goalkeeper of the Super Falcons, Bidemi Aluko Olaseni, is a big loss to our creative and sports industries.

“These two great Nigerians lived to give us happy moments in entertainment and the beautiful game. They will be sorely missed.

“I pray that the Almighty shall grant their souls a peaceful repose and comfort to the grieving families and the country. Rest in peace, Mr. Ibu. Rest in peace, Bidemi Olaseni. -AA”

After having a cardiac arrest, Mr Ibu died on Saturday.

This came after an illness resulted in the amputation of one of his legs.

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