Reno Omokri, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to the death of Nigerian pop star, Oladipupo Olabode Oladimenji, more popular as Oladips.
The singer reportedly passed away at exactly 10:14 pm on Tuesday night.
In the late hours of yesterday, videos made the rounds on social media of Oladips seeming to have collapsed as his friends surrounded him.
Reacting, Omokri in a tweet via his X account on Wednesday, compared Oladips’ death to that of late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad.
He also prayed to God to give Oladips’ family the heart to bear the loss.
“First MohBad, and now Oladips. The similarities in the manner of their passing are eerily unnerving. Sudden illness. Allegations of self-medication. Rushed to a hospital. And then death. This is one déjà vu too many,” Omokri tweeted.
“Perhaps it is time for the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria to approach a Health Insurance provider to offer their members affordable, accessible and quality healthcare with HMOs.
“And sensitisation and awareness need to be increased amongst the entourage of these artists on what to do in an emergency. Knowledge saves lives. Their posse needs to possess information on the right way to apply first aid if they must be around them. Let’s think of solutions, not just blame.
“We do not need tributes for our artists. We need long lives for them. It is a significant loss to Nigeria when young, talented entertainers, capable of rebranding our image internationally, meet untimely deaths.
“May God grant the family, survivors, and fans of Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji the fortitude to bear their loss.”