A Nigerian scholarship student with late-stage cirrhosis of the liver has condemned Theresa May’s refusal to grant him leave to remain in the UK on medical grounds as a “death sentence”.
Luqman Onikosi, 36, was studying at Sussex University when he was diagnosed with hepatitis B in 2009 – a disease which led to the deaths of two of his brothers. Active in student politics, Mr Onikosi gained a prestigious position working at the Nigerian embassy after completing his studies. But when he became too ill to work, his application for leave to remain in the UK on medical grounds was rejected. “I’ve paid international student fees and taxes,” he said.
“The British Government does not see me as human but as dispensable. They have used me as like an orange and sucked everything out of me and now they are going to send me back to Nigeria to die.” Doctors have expressed concern that if made to return to Nigeria, Mr Onikosi could die within six months from organ failure. Treatment of his condition requires constant monitoring of liver function, which cannot be done in many parts of Nigeria. If given leave to remain, he hopes for a life-saving liver transplant.
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