Ailing actor, Olumide Bakare, has said that the plan to raise money for his treatment is genuine and not intended to defraud Nigerians.
Olumide Bakare has been bedridden and receiving treatment at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, since January 13, 2016.
While cancer has been ruled out, he is battling with heart and lung-related problems.
While N7m is being raised for further treatment, however, an online publication has reported that he might not immediately need that much.
Reacting to this on Monday in a video interview posted on an online forum, Ibadan Film Circle, Bakare lamented that it was unfair for anyone to doubt his integrity especially in the situation he was.
He said, “I want Nigerians to know I am still on admission at the UCH.
“I want people to know what I am going through. I want them to know that I have heart and lung problems. There is clot in my heart and in my lung.
“But what the UCH is trying to do is not to rush into surgery. That is why we have been managing the situation with injections and drugs. I am under serious supervision now.
“I have been battling this clot problem since 2013 and I had never asked anybody for a dime. So, if anybody is trying to say that I am trying to defraud Nigerians, at what age?
“I have been on admission since January 13. I was in the intensive care for 18 days. I was on oxygen for close to 20 days and I am still on admission.
“Nothing is free in the UCH. Everything in the hospital is about money. Even the gloves that the nurses use when they want to do something on you, you have to buy them yourself.
“I didn’t even start soliciting this money by myself. It was started by a television station. So, I don’t even understand this noise about an intention to defraud Nigerians, and that I am telling lies about my health. Do I want to be in a hospital, anyway?”