Veteran Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, has backtracked on a statement he made during a press conference organised by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria and the Elders of Nigerian Motion Picture, where he mentioned that he can bring down actresses — Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing.
In the 11-minute video shared on the actor’s verified Instagram page, he started out by saying the viral TAMPPAN conference was not to support Baba Ijesha.
He noted that contrary to his outburst, he has no power to bring anyone down as he is not God.
Kosoko described the actresses as his kids, saying he would never want to see their downfall as he, among others, paved the way for their success in the film industry.
He said, “On my outburst about frustrating Nkechi out of the industry, it depends on the way you are thinking. Like many of you said, I am not God. I have no power whatsoever to frustrate anybody out of anywhere. What I said was an attempt to soften Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing because I consider them as children.
“If for any reason you offend your father and he says ‘I will slap you and you will not use that eyes to see anything again’, are you saying that your father is willing to make you go blind? That is not correct.
“I also went ahead to say that they are our children. I believe we contributed to their success and it would be stupid of us to bring them down. What we are saying is just to soften them from continuously using derogatory statements against TAMPPAN and the Yoruba film industry.”
The legendary thespian further seized the opportunity to note that he would never be in support of r.a.p.e.