The Federal Government has called on Nigerians to rally behind ailing Nigerian actor, Zack Orji, and pray for his recovery as he had brain surgery on January 1, 2024.
The Minister of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa made the appeal after visiting the Nollywood veteran at a private hospital in Wuse, Abuja.
It was reported earlier that Orji, slumped on New Year’s Eve and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital, before he was transferred to a private hospital for surgery in the nation’s capital.
According to a statement by Nneka Anibeze, Special Assistant to the minister on Media and Publicity, Musawa pledged the government’s support to him.
Musawa described Zack Orji as a national asset who has given his time and effort to entertain Nigerians.
She said his situation will propel the Tinubu-led administration to look at the welfare of artistes and others in the industry.
The minister said; “God will heal him and he will be well. We will do all we can to support him. We solicit the collective prayers of Nigerians because he is like a part of our families. We have watched him entertain us and we see him as a national treasure. So the best we can do is to ensure that we support him to have the best treatment.
“We will reach out to other well-meaning Nigerians to support Zack Orji through prayers and other means available to ensure that he survives this ailment.
“This is not only about the ministry which I am representing. You know that Zack Orji has been in the industry for decades. This is a man who has given his time and effort to entertain Nigerians.
“He is one of the individuals who laid the foundation for Nollywood and the film industry in Nigeria but now he is sick and the least we can do as an administration is to give him all the necessary support through prayers and otherwise to ensure that we save his life.
“This will also propel the administration to look at the welfare of artists and others in the industry who have not only given their time and energy but people like Zack Orji who have become national treasures”.