Veteran Nollywood actress ande brand ambassador Idowu Phillips popularly known as Iya Rainbow has lamented the situation of the nation, and how hunger and poverty are still issues, recounting one of the experiences she had with a young man on her 78th birthday celebration.
Speaking in a recent interview with Oluseye Kehinde of City People, Iya Rainbow, who has been supporting the #EndSARS movement and praying for Nigeria on her Instagram page noted that though she is happy turning 78 and thankful to God for sparing her life, she is not happy with the situation of the country.“Though, I thank God that I witnessed another year but I’m not happy.It’s the situation of the country. Nigeria is not peaceful. It’s not all the people that I invited that came and those that could make it did not spend up to 5min, why? Because they left their homes at 9 am they didn’t get to my place until 9 pm, so, they couldn’t stay long because they don’t know what they will face again. What is happening outside now is not easy, and it’s all our responsibility to make sure that everything is back to normal. This is the time for us to fight.”
“I don’t blame those youths God is solidly behind them, that is why you see them coming out in numbers. We are suffering in this country. There is no work. There is no salary. Parents couldn’t afford their children’s school fees. Tenants can’t pay Landlord. There is no food. What is our offence? What kind of life is this? I want everybody to listen to my New CD “Fellow Nigerians” It is prophetic and it’s happening already.”
“On my birthday, I cooked to serve Mallams and beggars at Berger, and a man that was corporately dressed in a suit approached me. I told him this is for beggars and he said he’s also a beggar, that he wore the suit to go to a nearby church to ask for alms. He said he has not eaten with his family for 2 days now. I had to give him food for all his family”, Iya Rainbow continued. Read also: Mama No Go Gree! Iya Rainbow Is The New Baby Girl For 78th Birthday
“The same thing today, we decided to cook for the less privileged, but we ended up given the privileged, people we assumed are okay. People are suffering. Some of us are suffering and smiling. In some family now, it’s the wife that is taking care of the family, why? because the husband has lost his job. And we have people that are embezzling our money. You see people picking food from the refuse. I’m not happy, I only thank God for sparing my life. Nigeria is not peaceful”, she said.