- Wife of the Nigerian president Hajiya Aisha Buhari has congratulated the Okpe Joseph Onoja and Olufisayo Onoja's family on the birth of their new year baby
- The baby was born at the Bwari General Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
- The father of the baby Okpe Joseph Onoja appreciated the wife of the president for the kind gesture shown him and his family
Nigerian First Lady Hajiya Aisha Buhari on Monday, January 1, welcomed the birth of the first baby of the year 2018, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The Leadership reports that Master Owoichoya Daniel Okpe was born at about 12:03am on the New Year Day to Okpe Joseph Onoja and Olufisayo Onoja.
The baby, who weighed six pounds at the time of his birth, was born through Caesarean Section at the Bwari General Hospital.
Buhari who was represented by former deputy governor of Plateau state Pauline Tallen presented the baby and his parents assorted gifts and undisclosed amount of money.
The father of the baby Okpe Joseph Onoja appreciated the wife of the president for the kind gesture shown him and his family, and prayed for the quick recovery of the first family’s ailing son Yusuf Buhari.
The medical director of the Bwari General Hospital Osagie Osayande however said emissaries were dispatched to various hospitals across the state to keep watch on the exact time at which the various births occurred.
Osayande said that at the end of the checks, Bwari General Hospital was found to have produced the first baby of the year in the FCT.
Minister of women affairs Aisha Alhassan who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry of women affairs and youth development Ifeoma Muoghalu urged the nursing mothers at the hospital to maintain good personal hygiene while practicing baby-friendly method of breastfeeding.
Muoghalu also supervised the giving of gifts to all the nursing mothers who were delivered of their babies on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Nigeria would have approximately 20,210 babies born into the country on the New Year’s day. This represents the third largest population of newborns in the world on January 1, 2018, UNICEF said.
The agency also said nearly 386,000 babies would be born worldwide on New Year’s Day, representing some 90 per cent in less developed regions.
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