Benin President Patrice Talon underwent two surgeries during a prolonged stay in Paris, one procedure due to doctors finding a lesion in his prostate, his office said Monday.
“During his last health check, a lesion was found at an early stage in his prostate,” the president’s office said in a statement, but the operation allowed him to recover “without the use of chemotherapy or radiation”.
The statement made no mention of the word cancer. The 59-year-old president returned to Benin on Sunday with his office releasing the statement following a special cabinet meeting.
Talon underwent a second operation to his digestive system, the statement added, when complications arose after the first operation. The second surgery “also went well,” it said.
Talon “has completely recovered” and “is fully exercising his constitutional duties,” according to his office, which said an ordinary cabinet meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.
The statement on Monday was a rare example of an African leader publicly revealing health details, but his office said it was important for him to inform his fellow countrymen about the state of his health.
The health of presidents in Africa remains a taboo subject on the continent. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has spent much of his time in London since the beginning of the year for health reasons that have not been publicly disclosed.
Because of his health, Talon missed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit held in Liberia on June 4 and a cabinet meeting of his senior ministers on May 31. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>