In a country having one of the highest child mortality rate in the world, it was a joyful atmosphere filled with gratitude to God in Awka, yesterday, when a woman from Abia State, Mrs Ifeoma Ogbonnaya, was delivered of quintuplets at Life International Hospital, Awka, Anambra State capital.
Immediately the news got out, many trooped to have a glimpse, but were disappointed as the babies were moved into the incubator.
The father of the quintuplets, Mr. Nwaka Ogbonnaya, 38, was overwhelmed with joy but expressed fears about his ability to shoulder the responsibility.
He called for government assistance to ensure the five children are adequately taken care of and noted that God answered their prayers according to their wish.
According to him, “I am extremely happy for these bundles of joy. The mixture is actually what we prayed for: three boys and two girls. They are now six because we already had a female child. I am a fulfilled man and I am very happy. I glorify God for His mercies.”
Ogbonnaya, who sells provisions at Alaba International Market, Owerri, Imo State, called on government, philanthropists, politicians and churches to come to his rescue, saying “the task of bringing up the children in this hostile economy is not an easy one. It is not easy to handle five children at once no matter how rich you are.
“I need assistance, especially from companies that produce baby food.”
He appealed to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Senator Moa Ohuabunwa representing Abia North senatorial district, Christian and non-governmental bodies to come to their aid in bringing up the children.
His words: “This is a thing of joy, not a thing of tears. It is God’s gift, well appreciated because God does not give His gifts with sorrows but rather with joy. We prayed for a child and after four years we had our first child Precious. But we never anticipated five at a go.”