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Akeredolu’s wife rescues newborn from lunatic

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu


A non governmental organisation, Movement for the Survival of the Underprivileged (MOSUP), has tasked the Ondo State government on the survival, development, and protection of a newborn by a lunatic woman. 

This, the organisation said must be in pursuant of the National Child Right Act 2003 and to actualize the End Violence Against Children campaign by 2030, which is in actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

The Guardian gathered that the lunatic, whose identity is not known, gave birth to the baby in Ilutitun town, Okitipupa Local Council last month without medical attention, though not without some complications that threatened the baby’s survival. 

A source, who pleaded anonymity, revealed that people in the community raised the alarm by calling the attention of the council caretaker chairman, Mrs. Morenike Alaka, who rescued the baby. 

“The baby was at the verge of giving up because she did not get adequate treatment and care; the woman and the baby were living in the slums and unhealthy environment but some Good Samaritans helped them.”

He noted that the council chairman took the baby to the State Specialist Hospital, Okitipupa for post-natal care, treatment, and birth registration on Tuesday to name the baby after the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.

The baby was named Morenike Betty Akeredolu, which is combination of the governor’s wife and council chairman names. On the paternity of the baby, he said “things like this happen around when we just woke up one day to discover that the mad women are pregnant. It happens everywhere. 

“Some people say some men who engage in diabolical things use them for ritual purposes, though we have had situations whereby two mad people: male and female, have had sex with each other.”

Maharajah, president of MOSUP, commended the state for taking care of the newborn, but said it is not enough to give the baby a name. “Government should ensure the baby is given every opportunity to develop and live like every normal child”

“It doesn’t pay to just say you give her a name and make her survive, government must also ensure right to protection, health nutrition and self-actualization.

“Exclusive Breast Feeding (EBF) is also paramount for the development of the baby to protect her and ensure she does not suffer from the 23.6 stunting rate hitting the state.”

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