LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has reacted to the passing of Nigerian rapper, Oladips.
Oladips passed away on Tuesday night, following a video circulating on social media of him appearing to collapse while surrounded by friends.
In response, Omokri took to his X account on Wednesday to draw parallels between Oladips’ death and that of the late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.
He also offered a prayer for strength for Oladips’ family in coping with their loss.
“The manner of their passing is unsettlingly similar – sudden illness, self-medication allegations, rushed to a hospital, and then death. This feels like one déjà vu too many,” Omokri tweeted.
“Perhaps it is time for the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria to collaborate with a Health Insurance provider to offer their members affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare with HMOs.
“There should also be increased awareness and education for the entourage of these artists on how to handle emergencies. Knowledge saves lives. It’s crucial for their team to be trained in first aid if they are to be around them. Let’s focus on solutions, not just pointing fingers.
“We don’t need tributes for our artists. We need them to have long lives. It’s a great loss to Nigeria when young, talented entertainers, who have the potential to elevate our global image, leave us prematurely.
“May God grant the family, survivors, and fans of Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji the strength to bear their loss.”