Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhamadu Buhari, has congratulated the mother of the first baby born at Asokoro District Hospital Abuja in the year and urged women to raise children with good morals.

The president’s wife also honoured the baby on Friday as part of the ceremonial celebration to mark the New Year.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the baby, a female named Destiny Agu was born at 12:12 a.m. to the family of Mr and Mrs Uche Agu and weighed 3.7kg.

Represented by the wife of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mrs Gimbiya Dogara, Buhari said mothers had vital roles in the upbringing of children that made for a better society.

She said “if mothers play their roles well, vices will no longer exist in Nigeria; if we play our part well, I think the children will be good children.

“The women who deliver their children today in particular should play their roles well in bringing their children up.’’

She acknowledged that children were gifts from God, adding that parents needed to strife to avail them the best training they could afford.

According to her, Destiny Agu is a point of contact to acknowledge children who are also born in Internally Displaced Persons homes, other hospitals and places at the emergence of the New Year.

The Minister of Health, Mr Isaac Adewole, said that the country cared for its children “because they are a ray of hope for the future of the nation.’’

Mrs Amaka Agu, the mother of the baby recalled that the contraction pains started at about 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and lasted till the time of her delivery.

Amaka stated that her baby was a covenant child who was destined for greatness, adding that she was her third child.

Mrs Ebito Emem, the Chief Nursing Officer of the hospital urged women to patronise the hospital once they conceived so as to avert pregnancy complications.

Emem said every woman should be at the hospital for antenatal “because we teach them personal and environmental hygiene.

“We lecture the women on how to manage pregnancy, what to wear and what to eat.’’

NAN reports that the first baby of the year was presented with gifts along with other children delivered within the period. (NAN)

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