Popular Nollywood comedian John Okafor, known in showbiz as Mr Ibu, had one of his leg amputated after undergoing seven surgeries, his family announced today.
Mr Ibu has been battling an undisclosed illness that required extensive medical treatment.
In a statement posted on the actor's official Instagram page, his family said he underwent seven successful surgeries.
However, doctors determined that amputating one of his legs was necessary to save his life and help his recovery process.
"We want to appreciate everyone that has come through for our dad, saying we are grateful is an understatement and only the good Lord can thank you all enough for every help you've rendered," the family stated.
They noted that "This development has been hard on us all but we've had to accept it as Daddy's new reality to keep him alive."
The family is still asking for financial support from fans and well-wishers, noting that Mr Ibu is still in a delicate condition.
They expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support so far.
Mr Ibu, 62, is one of the most popular faces in Nigerian comedy and movie industry. Fans and colleagues have flooded social media with well wishes since learning of his health troubles.