Social activist and ex-lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani cradling his adoptee, and Founder of the Restored Destiny Child Orphanage Foundation, Mrs. Grace Chinedu, in Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria … Tuesday.
Suffused in milk of human kindness, outspoken social activist and member of the Eight National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has adopted a two-week old baby reportedly abandoned on the streets of Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria.
A Police patrol team reportedly picked up the baby and subsequently conveyed him to a social welfare centre.
Thereafter, it was learnt that Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central, Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria, in the Eight Assembly, while visiting the Restored Destiny Child Orphanage Foundation, where the baby is kept, on Tuesday pledged to provide necessary support for his upkeep.
Sani had christened the child “Jordan Shehu” and promised to do everything to support in his upbringing.
Commending the orphanage for agreeing to take up the responsibility for caring for the child, the former lawmaker lamented that the increased rate of abandoned children was worrisome.
He said that reports had shown that many children born under such circumstance were from unwanted pregnancies, particularly from single girls, noting that the mothers of such abandoned children do so to avoid stigmatisation.
He stressed that, while no immoral act should be condoned, girls who got pregnant outside wedlock should be supported and counselled.
Pointing out that different factors were responsible for mothers abandoning their children, Sani said: “One of the factors is the stigma attached to such birth and I think it is high time our society began to address and discuss this issue.
“By addressing this issue, the idea of shaming people who give birth to this type of children will be checked.
“It is also important that our society starts to pay attention to orphanages where these types of children are kept.
“Children without parents belong to the society and we must play our part in their upbringing.”
Urging leaders to use their positions to change the narrative, he said: “Our traditional and religious leaders should wade into this issue, first to prevent the type of pregnancy that leads to this kind of birth.
“However, when it happens, we should accept them as one of us.
“There is nobody that is born without a father or a mother.
“So, when we begin to discuss this issue, it will make it easier for children born under such circumstances to live with their parents.”
He was full of appreciation for the orphanage for accepting to cater to the child.
The Founder of the Restored Destiny Child Orphanage Foundation, Mrs. Grace Chinedu, had expressed her joy at Sani’s visit, assuring him that she would continue to work to put smiles on the faces of children who were not privileged to be under their parents’ tutelage.
Chinedu explained that the orphanage, which houses over 26 children, was founded seven years ago.
She thanked the former lawmaker and other Nigerians that have assisted the orphanage over time, noting that “no help rendered to an abandoned child, or an orphan will go unrewarded”.
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