9th May, 2014
Pastor Mayowa, wife of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, on Friday commenced the process of adopting an abandoned baby boy rescued by the Little Saints Orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
The baby, christened Nathan, was found abandoned at Wasimi, Maryland in Lagos state and has since being accommodated at the orphanage located at Akowonjo, Shasha, Lagos.
Mayowa, who was at the orphanage, said the gesture was to help the boy fulfill his destiny, stressing that she was doing it as a social service which requires collective responsibility.
She got the information about Nathan through someone and she instantly made up her mind to adopt him since she had been praying for such opportunity.
She wondered why some women could be so heartless to dump their babies after carrying them in their wombs.
“The mother of the baby is not known yet, but she could have done this because of poverty. She may even be somewhere standing just like the story of Moses. She may be a young girl who got pregnant along the line,” Mayowa lamented, adding that “it would be difficult for the mother of the child to identify him in future as there is no emblem to identify him with”.
The Speaker’s wife further explained that adoption was not strange to her as her mother had once adopted a girl, who is now a mother of three.
“It is not new in my family; we have someone my mother adopted who is now 35.
“Over time I had thought of adopting a child and it is as if God answered my prayer.
“If government will give him to me, I will take care of the feeding, clothing, schooling and everything to make sure that he has a new life.”
Authorities of the Little Saints Orphanage, led by its administrator, Tina Orobosi, Mrs Ikuforiji would have to visit the Ministry of Youth and Sports where she would get approval for Nathan’s adoption.
She said the management of the orphanage was excited at Mayowa’s gesture. “This is the first time such a big name would come forward to us,” she disclosed.