For Mr. Yusuf Rasaq Ewenje, whose 28-year-old wife delivered five babies at once in Ibadan on Monday, only the support from the Oyo State Government and well-meaning Nigerians can save the family from penury. The couple already had two children before the quintuplets.
Ewenje’s wife, Sakirat, at exactly 8.45 am on Monday was delivered of the quintuplets – three boys and two girls – at the Oyo State special care baby unit in University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Sakirat, according to her husband, 32, was referred to the UCH from Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan, after being placed on bed rest once the pregnancy was three months old owing to the number of babies she was carrying.
He said: “We first got wind of the blessing from Allah when she had a scan at three months. At that point, we knew she was carrying five babies in her tummy.”
He added that the result of the scan took them to Adeoyo Hospital from Apete Medical Centre, Apete, Ibadan, where she had originally registered for antenatal care. At Adeoyo Hospital, he revealed that the medical team had advised them that “the best option for us was to have the baby at UCH”.
He said they heeded the advice and “had the babies around 8.45am on Monday”.
The couple, which resides at No 23, Akeem Street, Ijokodo, Ibadan, already has two children, a boy and a girl.
Although Rasaq said he was happy and was aware of the arrival of the children, he appealed to the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, his wife, Florence, and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to the family’s aid.
He said he had exhausted the little amount he had in his savings, considering the enormity of the birth and “the fact that I am a full time cleric who only makes little from the Quranic lessons that I teach”.
Rasaq is hopeful that all his children grow up hale and hearty and become leaders of tomorrow.
“My dream is for them to be leaders in this country, so that no matter my present situation, people will know them not only as good ambassadors of the family but the society at large.
“Though I am greatly handicapped now because I only make a living from my Quranic teaching class, I am appealing to well-meaning people to come to my aid.
“I am using this medium to appeal to the governor of the state, his wife, Florence, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, and the federal government to come to my aid so that my joy won’t be short-lived,” he said.