Veteran broadcaster and Nollywood actor Sadiq Daba has responded to claims that he’s dying from leukaemia (cancer of the blood).
In a Facebook post, a filmmaker, Sonny McDon, had earlier called on people familiar with the actor to reach out to him, as he is down with leukaemia.
He wrote: “Dear colleagues and friends in Nollywood, especially some of us that date back to NTA days, please put a call to Sadiq Daba. He needs your voice of encouragement now, please.”
When asked what was wrong with the actor in the comments, the filmmaker wrote: “He is diagnosed for leukemia.”
But Sadiq Daba has clarified the reports on Facebook, after well-wishers stormed his timeline with goodwill messages, disclosing that he is being treated for the disease. In response to a fan’s enquiry on Facebook, he wrote:
“I am not dead nor dying !!! God has been and will Always be faithful to me and my plight, because that is my covenant with Him!!!! My doctors have been wonderful and I am responding to treatment. …..my love and thanks to all those who have called to sympathize and empathize with me…..God bless you !!!!!!”
Friends who said they had a private chat with him have also reported that he’s doing fine and recuperating in his home. People have since taken to social media to call for prayers for his quick recovery.
Sadiq Daba is popularly known for his role as ‘Bitrus’ in the now defunct 80’s television Drama, Cock Crow at Dawn and recently in Kunle Afolayan’s blockbuster movie, ‘October 1st’ which earned him an AMAA Award as Best Male actor for his role as Inspector Danladi Waziri.
In a 2016 interview, the seasoned broadcaster had spoken of how he quit smoking and drinking. According to him, his fear of death and love for life made him decide to quit his age long habit when his doctor brought his X-ray and showed him his lungs and some other organs.
”He (the doctor) gave me two options, whether to continue drinking, die and be buried or stop and continue living. I didn’t see a choice in it. I love life and I have seen my brothers and my friends go but I don’t want to,” Sadiq Daba said.
He further revealed that peer pressure got him into smoking and drinking as it gave them courage to be able to chase girls.
However, Sadiq Daba now joins the campaign against smoking and drinking everywhere he goes adding that he wouldn’t stop preaching it because God spared his life to preach it.