Pat Utomi opens up on fight with cancer
A professor of political economy, Pat Utomi, has spoken about his fight with cancer.
In a series of tweets on Friday, Utomi revealed he was diagnosed with cancer in 2022 after a biopsy.
The professor did not state the exact form of cancer he is grappling with.
Speaking about his struggles, Utomi said in the buildup to the 2023 elections, he occasionally visited a cancer centre in Ikeja after campaigns.
He added that whenever he spoke about his struggles with cancer, it dawned on him that many people of his age bracket are also battling the same ailment.
“Did not see why it was taboo to say you were in a battle with Cancer. The more I talked about it the more I found many of my age in similar circumstances,” he wrote on X.
“It almost seems like an epidemic for Nigerian men over 60. Not talking makes them lose the benefit of early detection.
“Once elections were over, my young nephews and cousins, Doctors in Europe and the US joined forces with the Lakeshore people and decided they wanted me in their direct care.
“That’s how it seemed. I went quiet cause they controlled my phones to reduce stress.”
Utomi is one of the chieftains of the Labour Party (LP). He played a key role in the party’s 2023 presidential campaigns.
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