by S’ola Filani
Nollywood actor Jim Iyke, made headlines across the world last week when he posted a photo of himself wearing a mask and exiting Monrovia, Liberia amid the Ebola outbreak.
His “that shit scares me” post sparked both outrage and fear, some deemed it insensitive.
Reacting to the report however, Iyke’s PR team sent out a press release apologizing for the insensitive statement.
“May I humbly apologize if my comments on Ebola – based on fear – were taken out of context. The last thing I wanted to do was to alarm anyone.
My heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by the Ebola virus – those who have lost their lives or loved ones, those who are still bravely fighting the disease and all of the communities who are battling to keep the infection under control. You are all in my prayers.
As I travel constantly across continents, most recently USA, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, I have been screened where and when necessary along with the other passengers and I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to be vigilant and help contain the outbreak by following the advice of the local and international medical professionals and government officials” the statement reads.