Ailing actor cum broadcaster is breathing a sigh of relief after British doctors disagreed with their Nigerian counterpart on the status of his ill-health.
The 67-year-old was recently flown to UK for further medical treatment at Wellington Diagnostics Hospital in the North West of London after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and leukemia in Nigeria, and was told that the cancer had spread to his organs and would be needing surgery.
“I was told that one of the side effects of the surgery is that my testicles would have to be removed. That means I would be castrated and I don’t think I want that,” said Daba, who came to fame as an actor acting Bitrus in Cock Crow at Dawn, a drama series aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network in the early 1980s in an interview before leaving the country.
However, it has emerged that the Nigerian doctors got it wrong going by a Facebook post by Daba to Azuka Jebose, a music critic and Nigerian-born journalist based in the United States, who was one of those who rallied round him to fly him abroad.
The post was on Jebose’s timeline and was captioned: SADIQ DABA: GREATEST NEWS (UPDATE)
It reads: Azuka, morning o! ( well, it’s morning here in London), how you dey my brother? Before I start with you, please help me tell Nigerians that I am profoundly grateful for giving me hope to live again. Nigerians saved my life: my family and I remain eternally grateful.
Done with the Doctors this week. All the test results for my prostate cancer did not find spread. I was told in Nigeria that it had spread to other organs of my body. But all tests here by Specialists came back negative, with regards to the spread. It can be treated with drugs and injections. Also, the doctors, after tests for Leukemia, concluded that it is in remission. The Specialists placed me on drugs to help with the remission. I will see an oncologist on Monday; no need for an operation(surgery) to open me up. In Nigeria, I was told I needed surgery. My brother na wa o. I am feeling like a sweepstakes winner. These treatments are very expensive sha. Where I for get the money?. Na God send you, Soni Irabor, DrJoe Okei Odumakin and compassionate Nigerians to me o. Doctors placed me, effective immediately, on hormone treatments; Azuka, can you believe that?: no spread found….your prayers WORKED!!! Will be here for another two weeks for observation and then head home to recuperate!!!!. Azuka, I feel spectacular. Shebi you hear my voice. God Bless Nigerians for this gift of life. Abeg help me thank them. I will live. My wife has been dancing nonestop o. I go call you again on Monday”.
“Sadiq my brother, the power of the people is the power of God. Continue to lively up your health. Monday is moments away. We wait, excitedly.”