Christopher Ejike is a 35-year-old unemployed man from Mbanese Clan, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Recently, the man and his wife, who already had two children, welcomed a set of triplets.
But the development has thrown the family into confusion. Right now, Ejike is appealing to the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, his Lagos State counterpart, Akinwumi Ambode, as well as public-spirited individuals and philanthropic organisations to please come to his family’s aid.
His wife was delivered of the triplets on Friday, April 1, at the General Hospital, Surulere, Lagos without complications. But Ejike said he would be unable to adequately take care of the babies in addition to their two older siblings. He said his job as a tiler was not doing well, adding that his building materials business had been comatose because of the poor economic situation in the country.
Ejike said: “I felt like running away and leaving my wife and the children. But I know that if I had run, God would punish me. I had no choice but to give my all for the upkeep of my children. On several occasions, I’ve had to assist my wife to do the house chores while she takes care of the new babies. It has not been easy for me. I do not know where else to go. Our older two sons are not old enough to assist their mother in doing some of the house chores.
“My building materials business has been comatose for lack of enough fund, yet, to keep my family going, I took to tiling but it is not easy getting jobs on a regular bases. At the moment, all my attention is striving to make sure the babies are in good condition and I cannot cope with the situation. That is where I would have loved all well-meaning Nigerians to help me out,” he appealed.
All along, they had planned for a small family – a girl and two boys. But then, their two children all turned out to be boys. They then planned to have another baby, praying to God that the third baby would be a girl. Well, they got what they wanted – only that it was way beyond their expectations. Mrs. Ejike was delivered of a set of three bouncing girls!
Mr. Ejike, who was full of gratitude to God for the grace to deliver the babies safely, said he was worried about his babies’ fate due to his lack of visible means of livelihood. His wife too is unemployed. Yet, taking care of three new babies with two other children is no piece of cake.
“I will really appreciate a job or empowerment for me to meet up with the responsibility of taking good care of these children. They are gifts from God, and we can’t blame God. As Christians, we believe things will still turn around for good. That is why we are appealing to good-hearted Nigerians to come to our rescue,” he pleaded.
Anyone wishing to help the family may reach the Ekijes on 08030602962.