Children are a gift from God. Whether they come in singles, twins, triplets or quadruplets, they are priceless.
Such is a blessing to Mr Peter Ejiofor, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief with and his wife, Anastasia, who welcomed quadruplets, all boys, three years ago, after seven years of marriage.
The couple who resides in Ipaja, Lagos State, are still excited at the gift, who arrived on Dec. 28, 2017.
At the third birthday anniversary celebration of his quadruplets on Monday in Lagos, Ejiofor described their birth as a miracle but said that it had not been easy caring for them.
Ejiofor that catering for quadruplets at the moment was challenging due to the present economic situation.
He said that adequate care for them would require much assistance.
“For seven years, we never had a child.
Everyone around us knew we had waited to have our own. When we finally did, it was a miracle because they came in quadruple.
“However, it has not been rosy, there are challenges.
“It is not easy to raise even twins, but we thank God for family members and friends who have been contributing for their upkeep.
“When they were born, Lagos State Government under former Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, through his wife, visited and gave them gifts including clothes and money,” he said.
Ejiofor said that his sisters in the United Kingdom, Pastor Amaka Ike and Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna, began to make provisions for the quadruplets when they were in the womb.
“They are still contributing for their upkeep.
“Also, I must thank Mr Mike Mbonye, a NAN retired Director and close friend, who has been rendering help in many ways.
“He took it upon himself to provide cake for them every year on their birthday anniversary celebration,” he said.
Ejiofor, who is set to retire from public service in 2021, said that his family had been making plans to secure the future of the children.
“Considering the situation of the country and the fact that I will be retiring from service in February 2021, we have been working hard to invest in their future.
“This is to ensure that they will have somethings to rely on for education, sustenance and general growth,” he said.
He, however, appealed to family members, friends and kind-hearted Nigerians to continue to support him and his wife in raising the boys.
“They are growing and their demands are increasing.
“We are appealing for support in securing a better future for them,” he said.
Commenting, the mother of the quadruplets, Anastasia, said that the COVID-19 pandemic had made taking care of the children overwhelming.