Nollywood actor, Hakeem Rahman has spoken up against a High Court’s banning of Ibinabo Fiberesima as AGN President.
Hakeem, himself a former Chairman (South West) of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), criticized the court’s action saying the nullification of Ibinabo’s presidency is a setback to the industry’s growth and development.
Reaffirming his support for Ibinabo, in spite of the court’s ruling, Hakeem said:
“Ibinabo, shortly after being elected, got an 18-seater bus and a good office for AGN. She carried all actors in diaspora along with her programmes and her leadership has human face. That is why the court ruling was amazing and damaging. The court listened to a charlatan. That was a grave mistake.”
The versatile actor further added that,“we still see her (Ibinabo) as our leader, and she has not even desisted from touching people. We still celebrate her as our leader though she doesn’t want to be addressed as president for now.”
“The court should lift that ban on her because this is a lady that has united AGN by involving more female actors and other aggrieved members. I have not benefited directly from her, but honestly I’m speaking the mind of every member,” Rahman concluded.
On March 16, a Federal High Court slammed an indefinite ban on Ibinabo, halting her reign as the president of AGN, after she was challenged in the court by actor Emeka Ike and a couple of other AGN members.
The plaintiffs also urged the court to dissolve the guild’s Board of Trustees headed by Prince Ifeanyi Dike.