But following the intensive treatment the governor underwent in a London hospital, the cancer is said to be in remission.
Chime had left the country last September, ostensibly on a six-week vacation, and he had not been seen or heard of until Tuesday when a photograph of him and a delegation of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), which had visited him in London, was released to the press.
The delegation comprised the NGF Chairman and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio and their counterpart from Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam.
Even though he handed over to his deputy Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi before he left, his prolonged absence and silence have led to rumours over his health and whereabouts.
Also, Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, who like his Enugu State counterpart departed the country under the guise that he was going on vacation, is now stable following a surgical procedure performed on him at a United States hospital some weeks ago.
Disclosing how Chime discovered he had cancer, the governor during a medical check-up in London noticed a small growth around the left side of his neck and complained to his doctors who dismissed it and gave him a clean bill.
Chime then left London to join his colleagues who were then in Germany on an assignment but soon returned to London to complain again because he was not comfortable with the growth.
Chime has been given the all clear, he would soon come back home to Nigeria. But he warned that with cancer, which has gone into remission, Chime would have to undergo regular check-ups to ensure that it has not returned.
The only thing that is still keeping Chime in London is the slight swelling around his face which doctors are said to be working on.