Charlie Boy, friends and close associates of ailing Nigerian artiste, Majek Fashek, on Monday, paid him a solidarity visit at a rehabilitation centre in Abuja.
Members of the group included an American-based Nigerian Artist, Monica Swaida, and Dr Vincent Udenze, the Medical Director of Synapse Services in Abuja.
Charlie Boy said “I have always said that Majek is a multi-talented singer who should not be abandoned in his present condition.
“Today, I am glad to be a part of this noble gesture of getting Majek back and better.
“I want to congratulate all my friends and colleagues, who, out of sympathy and understanding of the problem, helped in one way or the other.
“I am encouraged by what I have seen so far about his rehab process.
“I have been talking with him, and I believe that this is going to be the final push for him to get to that state where everyone will see that vibrant Majek again.’’
He then thanked the group for answering the call for them to visit Fashek and urged them to continue to pray and care for the ailing musician.
Similarly, Swaida said “in my early teen years, I had the opportunity to work with Majek.
“He was a mentor and father figure to me, and taught me to believe in music.
“I have worked with his family to help my big brother, but things didn’t work out, and I realised that more drastic things needed to be done.
“I opened a facebook page and started posting his songs and videos and a lot of funny yet serious things to draw attention.
“I also opened a fund raising account where people started donating.
“During one of my many rants, Charlie Boy called me and told me he wanted to help and he introduced a doctor and that was how we started.’’
On his part, Dr Udenze said “what is important now is that we should stop pointing accusing fingers at him.’’
Udenze, who runs the Centre for Psychological Medicine where Mashek Fashek was currently receiving treatment said “he is a Nigerian like everyone else.
“He has got a problem and he has identified the fact that he has a problem and he is receiving help.
“I am happy he is making significant progress.’’
Fashek, who was overtly happy, expressed gratitude for the support given to him so far and expressed optimism that he would be completely be fine again.
He said “I want to specially thank everyone who has been part of this.
“I have no regret, even though I am broke, I am still alive.
“I decided to take the advice of Charlie Boy and others to come to this rehab.’’ (NAN)