Sean, son of actress and ex-beauty queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima, has written a passionate open letter to Nigerians, begging them to pray for his jailed mother .
The Court of Appeal had last week upheld a five-year jail sentence passed on the embattled Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president by a Lagos High Court for manslaughter.
Ibinabo was found guilty of reckless driving resulting in the death of Dr Siraj Giwa in 2005.
Sean, a footballer, wrote thus:
“People of Nigeria, This is Sean, first and proud son of Ibinabo Fiberesima, I write here today to plead with all Nigerians to pray for my mother. She is going through the toughest of times right now, and so are we, her family. I’ve been reading heart-breaking comments on her matter that ‘she thinks she’s above the law’, ‘she doesn’t feel sorry for the family of the deceased’, ‘she was drunk and deserves this punishment’. Let me get a few things straight with you now. My mother is the most humble woman I know. I was not aware she was a celebrity until I was about 14 and that’s only because my uncle told me. She does not see herself or act as if she is above any other person.
“She is a proud Nigerian who loves her country and its people. Secondly, she has been carrying heartbreak around with her for the past 11 years after the accident. She understands the pain for the deceased family and is very hurt about what happened herself. She has tried her utter most to console with the Family, so don’t ever think she does not care. Thirdly she was not drunk, the charges are reckless and dangerous driving. First of all I refuse to believe my mother was driving recklessly or dangerously as I’ve been in a car with her countless times and nothing has happened. On this occasion it was unfortunate, she was unlucky, her car flipped over which happens to a number of cars and another car smashed into her. She was in a coma for days, she could have easily lost her life, but thankfully, by God’s strength only she survived. She did not set out that day trying to kill someone or herself.
“Right now my mother is broken, and needs the prayer and support of all Nigerians, so please put all your conspiracies about this matter aside. I know it’s between her and God now. Join us, myself, Craig her son who is 14, Malcolm and Brian her other sons and her beautiful Daughter Zino who is just 8, and the rest of her family, to pray for my Mother. Let God decide what is just and what is not. Whatever your religion, join us and Pray for my mother as well as the family of the deceased. We can all get through this but not without God.
“Thank you for reading, may God bless you all”.