The Federal Govt has supported Babatunde Omidina popularly known as ‘Baba Suwe’ who has now been admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi Araba, Lagos.
Mr Bolaji Amusan, the National President, Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), disclosed this on Friday in Lagos. Amusan was popularly known as ‘Mr Latin’ as his stage name said that the development was as a result of the approval of the association’s appeal to the Federal Government to foot the medical bill of Baba Suwe.
He said the ailing veteran comedian who was alleged to be suffering from an unknown sickness had been promised a first class treatment by the Federal Government at LUTH. Amusan said that the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, had made arrangements for the comedian to be treated while the Federal Government will foot the medical bills.
Amusan said, “Myself and other association members have just taken Baba Suwe to LUTH from his residence.
”I want to appreciate the minister for this gesture, we are happy that our colleague will be back on his feet after a comprehensive treatment.
”He is receiving first class treatment and we feel so honoured.
”I also thank the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his generosity, having donated N1m toward Baba Suwe’s treatment.
“I also thank everyone who had made donations toward our appeal for him, we can’t appreciate them enough.
”As the new president of the association, the welfare of my members is paramount on my mind which I have determined to improve within my four years’ tenure,” he said.
Efforts to confirm the admission of Baba Suwe as a patient from the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of LUTH, Mr Kelechi Otuneme, was not successful as he did not pick calls made to his mobile phone.
The ailing comedian had been soliciting financial support to enable him seek urgent medical attention.
Some of his colleagues in the industry had made generous donations coupled with the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Oshibajo who donated N1m.
The comedian began his acting career in 1972 but came into limelight after he featured in a movie titled ”Iru Esin“, a film produced by Olaiya Igwe in 1977 and had produced several Nigerian movies.
His career, however, nosedived in 2011 when the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested him for allegedly trafficking in substances suspected to be hard drug.
The allegation that was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of a Lagos High Court.