I addressed this slander on Facebook last week and even named and shamed the junk journalist that was spreading the false news (see it below RMD's interview).
RMD has dismissed the reports and in an interview published this morning in Sunday Sun, explained why he is now slimmer. Below is what he told the paper:
“I woke up one morning, to be precise May 9th last year, and I weighed 120kg. I said this cannot go on. Neither of my parents crossed 60kg. I thought it would be sinful for me to keep eating and putting on weight and living an unhealthy life. I decided to just change my lifestyle. I didn’t diet, what I’m doing now is not dieting. I hate to use the word diet because when you say you are dieting you have to stop at one point. What I did was to change my lifestyle.
“What I did was to get somebody who knows about food. A lot of people don’t succeed when they diet because they don’t understand food. They diet, they drink a lot of shakes, tablets and all of that and after a month they become bigger than they were. What I did was very simple. It’s all about knowing the kind of food you eat and what it contains. I have a daughter (Onome) from my late wife, who is obsessed with calories, weight gain and weight loss. She was with me all through Christmas and New Year. She’s 26. I love what I do now; I just eat well and exercise.
“I feel lighter, but there are lots of people who feel I am too slim now. It’s about how I feel inside. I’m at my best physically. I have never felt better. I feel lighter, I don't suffer from indigestion. Now I weigh about 97 kilos".
Honest, I am now convinced that junk journalism in Nigeria is becoming quite 'fashionable'. How else can one explain how a false story about RMD went viral just like that and nothing has been done to put these cowboys where they belong? Someone thought it would be funny to put out a doctored photo of RMD to make him appear ill and not satisfied with doing that, some other nincompoops have been spreading more false rumours alleging terminal illness. One mumu called Emmanuel whose number I have saved as "Emma Junk Journalist" has been spreading false rumours that Stella Damasus confirmed that RMD has a terminal illness. Most annoyingly, any literate person that sees that post supposedly written by Stella, can tell that it is a fake account. What stands out most is the surname, "DAMASCUS" and we all know that Stella's surname is Damasus. It is only semi-literate 'journalists' that keep misspelling her surname. The types that don't know the difference between past and present tenses and write sentences like "something FISHING is going on". Fishing? Okay, back to the matter being discussed. When I saw Emma Junk Journalist's broadcast on WhatsApp, I alerted him to his obvious blunder and the evil meanie has still refused to take down the story from his blog. It's obvious as well that he has done this on purpose, because he spelt Stella's surname rightly on the post title, but posted the message from the fake STELLA DAMASCUS Facebook account as 'proof' of his false story. This is deliberate slander, so please tell me why people like these should be allowed to operate. I can now understand why e247 Magazine sacked you Mr Emmanuel Omene-Johnson (aka Emma Junk Journalist). I weep for our well respected credible journalists like the Shaibu Husseinis and the Victor Akandes. Please don't allow these cowboys give your hard earned craft a bad name. When will this "pull me down syndrome" end? Finally, in the interests of those that keep asking if RMD is sick, please quote me anywhere when I say that he's very fit and healthy and looks NOTHING like those images being circulated. When you meet him in person, you can tell that he keeps fit and watches what he eats. Although he is very busy as a commissioner, RMD is an actor first and will not shy away from public functions supporting his craft. He should be commended for this and for being able to keep his weight healthy when many people his age have pot bellies. Please leave our original Nollywood hunk alone and stop spreading false rumours about him. RMD is NOT SICK. Thank you.