As millions of Nigerians continue to mourn the death of the nation’s iconic broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Abubakar Daba, his wife disclosed that a number of tests including COVID-19 were carried out to diagnose his ailment.
The statement was credited to popular activist and one of his closest friends, Joe Odumakin.
Recall that the deceased passed away on Wednesday night after a long battle with leukaemia and prostate cancer.
Confirming his death last night, Odumakin recalled that “…about a week ago, he had been ill but he had been home and that he went to the hospital late afternoon today.
“She [his wife] explained that he had not been eating much and that as soon as they got to the hospital, they started conducting different tests on him including COVID-19. They put him on oxygen but he died around 8:30 pm,” she said.
Before his death, Daba worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority. His acting career came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn, as well as blockbuster movies like Citation, October 1, amongst others.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as well as former Senator, Shehu Sani, has joined Nigerians to bid farewell to Daba who won the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in the movie ‘October 1’.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sad that the cock will no longer crow at dawn.<br><br>Sadiq Daba, thank you for the joy you brought into our homes.<br><br>May your sins be forgiven, and your memories be a blessing. <a href=”https://t.co/t6iMtTYCyO”>pic.twitter.com/t6iMtTYCyO</a></p>— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) <a href=”https://twitter.com/atiku/status/1367235525690671107?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sadiq Daba;the last sticker he sent to my inbox.He has been through a long journey of <a href=”https://t.co/jTVkiImoXT”>https://t.co/jTVkiImoXT</a> ace presenter and actor from a generation of morally upright Tv professionals.May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi.Amin. <a href=”https://t.co/bu7KFH2QTv”>pic.twitter.com/bu7KFH2QTv</a></p>— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ShehuSani/status/1367247962405883905?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Lucky to have worked with this Legend at Independent Television . He will insist the words are pronounced “RIGHT” even if it took the whole day…. A Legend, oh Sadiq Daba . When you see him, you’re reminded of Yinka Craig. An era on Television 📺 <a href=”https://t.co/5e92nqGqzL”>pic.twitter.com/5e92nqGqzL</a></p>— Mercy (@AbangMercy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AbangMercy/status/1367229363998121992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>When I saw Sadiq Daba trending, I know he was dead. He has been struggling with his health. He is a great actor and a legend in the industry. May his soul be forgiven! <a href=”https://t.co/yxiQCpt3fY”>pic.twitter.com/yxiQCpt3fY</a></p>— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Belshagy/status/1367226040322564100?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
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