Did I hear you say bundles of joy? This is the rare case of twenty-eight year old Sakirat Yusuf Rasaq who gave birth to quintuplets three males and two females on Monday morning, 15 February, at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo state.
The father of the children, Mr. Yusuf Rasaq Ewenje, is reportedly a Koranic teacher whilst the mother is a full time housewife. The couple already had two children a boy and a girl, aged six and four before the quintuplets.
According to the father of the quintuplets, Sakirat, 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.
“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 said.
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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.”
The couple, who resides at No. 23, Akeem Street, Ijokodo, Ibadan, also appealed for the support of the government and well-meaning Nigerians to help the family. Rasaq said he was happy and was aware of the arrival of the children.
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.