I need help, I cannot die this way- Baba Suwe cries out over failing health
Babatunde Omidina a.k.a Baba Suwe is known to millions of fans as one of Nigeria’s most loved and talented comic actors.The revered actor is currently battling chronic diabetes and needs urgent medical attention.
TheNewsGuru recalls that the news of his ill health was first shared by his protégé, Yomi Fabiyi.
Fabiyi recently posted videos of him speaking about his health challenges on an Ibadan based radio station.
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We owe each other the DUTY of CARE, solicited or unsolicited. Baba Suwe is like a father to me and of course he is a father to me in the movie industry. He accepted me into the movie industry, fed me, accomodated me, gave me a platform. It is not in my habit to turn my back against my helper or true friends especially at their lowest ebb except in extreme cases. I will always be called to COURT of CONSCIENCE or face natural justice if I act like an ingrate and turn my back when he needs me most. More reason I cannot just keep quiet again. My only gain is for him to get help and survive this. May God forgive our misdeed. Let us leave the past where it belong and that is in the past. Without going into details, his present condition is getting critical to the previous state when I first raised alarm. I am again putting my all before the world to please help him. Time is of the essence. People around him are really trying but trust me on this, the situation is bigger now. He need urgent comprehensive medical treatment. Among other things, he wants NDLEA to tender an unreserved apology for the ill-treatment and torture metted against him while in their custody even if they will not pay the damages awarded by the High Court which the appeal court upturned. We are not after anyone in NDLEA or the idea that established the organisation, but the consequences of this injustice, Human Rights abuses and humiliation are starring at all of us now in the face and MUST NEVER GO UNPUNISH. CALLING ON KIND HEARTED NIGERIANS, Please help the icon and living legend. He doesnt deserve to die this way. Many thanks in advance. Yomi Fabiyi. 18/02/2019. @amnesty @unitednationshumanrights @lindaikejiblog @officiallindaikeji @breakthesilence_nigeria @goldmynetv @iam_emoney1 @mrlatin1510 @femiadebayosalami @odunomoadekola @realmercyaigbe @iyaboojofespris @segunarinze @yinkaquadrifilms
Baba Suwe cried out during the interview, stating that he needs the urgent help of Nigerians to survive.
“I am yet to get my N25m compensation and yet to hear from anyone from the government. My Yoruba people are aware and they are supposed to come to my rescue, both the old and young knows Baba Suwe. I need everyone and the government to help me. I need everyone’s help, I am not lying, I need help, I cannot die this way”, he said on the radio show.
Fabiyi in his Instagram post said all that is important right now is Baba Suwe’s health.
In his words:”My only gain is for him to get help and survive this. May God forgive our misdeed. Let us leave the past where it belongs and that is in the past. Without going into details, his present condition is getting critical to the previous state when I first raised alarm. I am again putting my all before the world to please help him. Time is of the essence.
People around him are really trying but trust me on this, the situation is bigger now. He needs urgent comprehensive medical treatment,” he wrote.
Baba Suwe was arrested and detained by the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency in 2011 for alleged drug trafficking. He was detained for twenty-four days while NDLEA officers waited for him to excrete the suspected cocaine wraps he was accused of ingesting. However, Baba Suwe did not and was released on bail by the court. He later took the NDLEA to court, won and was awarded N25 million in compensation for the wrongful arrest. Till date, he is yet to get the money.
“The way they (NDLEA) treated me actually rubbished my image. My career has been dwindling. A lot of people that are supposed to be inviting me to take part in their movies abandoned me because of the incident. Even a lot of people that could have assisted me financially don’t want to associate with me again.” Baba Suwe told Encomium in 2016.