VETERAN broadcaster and
actor, Sadiq Daba who is
seriously ill has said he is not
begging for financial assistance
as speculated in the social
Daba says he detest the news
of his illness making the rounds.
The actor in an interview
with the Nation says he is
not going to beg Nigerians to
help him, adding that if he has
been of relevance to the nation,
Nigerians would ordinarily
“My name is Sadiq Daba and I
will never ever be a beggar. The
way you people (journalists) are
going about my case is as if I’m
carrying a bowl in hand, moving
around Nigeria, begging people;
that I am a destitute. I am not.
“Yes, I have health challenges.
Yes, I am sick. So, what is the big
deal? The way people are taking it,
‘Sadiq Daba is dying’, ‘Sadiq Daba
is doing this.’ I’m a journalist. I’m
a broadcaster. There are certain
ways you can go about it if you
want to help somebody.
“You do not whip up stories
to sell your newspaper because
you must sell your papers. If I
die today, that’s the end of story.
I’m no longer news. It’s because
I am sick now that I am news.
“Yes, I have challenges but I
am not a destitute. If I have been
of relevance to my nation and
my nation wants to help, so be
it. But I am not going to go out of
my way to go cap in hand. That
is why when your other friend
called, I said I’m tired. You’re not
the only paper who has called me.
“Yes, I am sick. Will I be the first
person to be sick? I’m dealing with
Prostate, I’m dealing with leukaemia.
That is no news. And by the special
grace of God, I’ll get over it. I have
that faith that God is in control.”
“If I leave my house, I go to the
hospital, If I’m not in the hospital,
I’m in my house. I don’t have the
luxury of traversing Nigeria as I
used to do. I’m over 60. I’m not a
The 60-year-old actor further
disclosed he would be going to the
hospital on Friday to get a biopsy
to determine if he would go for
“And that will determine
whether I would go for proper
surgery or not.
“It is painful. It has to do with
the rectal and all of that. You’re
battling with Leukaemia, you’re
battling with Prostrate… No bi
headache or stomach ache. Those
ones, you can take tablets and
dem don go one time. Dis one na
different situation. To God be the
glory sha,” he added.