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Pat Utomi opens up on struggles with Cancer



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Professor Pat Utomi has opened up on his struggles with cancer, adding that majority of people over 60 years of age are dealing with the ailment.

The professor of political economy who disclosed this in a series of tweets on Friday, revealed that he was diagnosed with the cancer in 2022 after a biopsy.

Utomi who did not state the exact form of cancer he is grappling with, said in the buildup to the 2023 elections, he occasionally visited a cancer centre in Ikeja after campaigns.

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He added that whenever he talks 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.

In 2022, he stepped down his presidential ambition for Peter Obi, eventual standard-bearer of the LP.


Founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Utomi has been in the public eye since the late ’70s when he was appointed special assistant to then President Shehu Shagari.

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