Some residents of Enugu metropolis, young and old, took turns in the early hours of Thursday (14 December, 2017) to catch a glimpse of a suspected dead day old baby dumped in a stream which cut across Murtala Mohammed Park and close to the roundabout of new Market Enugu.
In a reaction, some of them condemned the attitude of who ever dumped the baby and described the sight as an eyesore.
While some prayed God to punish the culprit, others prayed God to have mercy on the person and forgive her.
“I saw a little new born baby but it is already dead by the river side along that New Market Road, it’s so sad, nobody is happy.
“I will ask government to take proper care of young girls and ladies. These days now, mores especially now we are in hardship, when you get to all the bus stops, you will see different teenagers, some are selling pure (sachet) water; some of them are doing these things because of bad orientation.”
A transporter, Mr. Kevin Akuchukwu, emphasized the need for government at all levels to be sensitive to the plights of youths to reduce similar incidences in the future.
He advised young ladies to remain God fearing and always think about the future.
“My advice is that this is not the real thing to do; either you go to hospital or motherless babies. If you cannot take care of your baby, you can go to keep it at the Motherless babies’ home. Government sometimes takes care of those people.”
When contacted, the Enugu State Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amarizu explained that the case had not been reported to his office but he condemned the action of the person who dropped the baby to die in a heartbreaking manner.
Efforts made by our reporter to reach officials of the Ministry of Gender Affairs were not successful.