Awesome: Ex-minister’s wife delivers baby boy after 23 years of marriage

by Oge Okonkwo

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The former Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Humphrey Abah and his wife, Mary are grateful to God over the birth of their first baby after 23 years of marriage.

A thanksgiving service was held in Abuja on Sunday at the United Evangelical Church, National Worship Centre to celebrate the birth of the baby boy and was attended by top government functionaries.

Abah was reported to have given a speech in church saying that he was laughed at for 23 years by his political opponents over his inability to father a child.

The Nation reports:

He revealed that even doctors in London have “said that my wife will not be able to bear any child.”

The ex-minister said God has since been his hope even after doctor’s declaration adding that there was no pressure from his family to either marry another wife or seek another alternative.

His words: “I always pray to God for a day like this. My political opponents have used my childlessness to mock me. I have come across some people who initially we were in the same camp together but because you did not do one thing or the other that they wanted you to do on grounds of principle they say ha… we are not surprised after all he does not have a child. You get that kind of jab. I keep telling people that I have gotten to a position in life that I am driven by what the word of God have promised me and I do not take to comments that come from sides.

“I told my wife not to listen to side talks but should focus on God and she has always listened to me. My advice for other people who are looking for this type of day is for them to draw strength from our testimony. Because God has promised he shall not fail.”

The mother of the baby boy, whose name is David Onu Abah said after fifty years of age it is only God that can give a child.

Her words: “I feel great and grateful unto the lord for all that he has done for wiping away my tears and making me a mother at last. It is a dream I have had since I married at the age of 27.

“Now I am more than 49 years of age. It has taking a long time for this to come true. I have shed many tears. My lives have witnessed my tears. But regardless of them all the journey has been rough.

“In the year 2012 on my birthday which was November 18, it was a Sunday I came to the church and I asked the pastor and he asked a little child to pray for me. The church rose up and chorused Amen. That same Sunday the church organised a praise concert and I danced before the lord and I said the lord has provided me with a birthday gift. After that we came April 2013 and there was fasting and prayer I keyed into it and I prostrated before the lord and I asked him to please answer my and not to allow my enemies have the last laugher on this matter.

“Our story is that of Abraham and Sarah. I have passed menopause and I have been looking unto you if you did it for Sarah then you have to give me strength to conceive. Even when London Doctors in 2011 told me nothing could be done. I knew that it is only him that can help me. But I focused on the lord. When they told me that I was pregnant I ran the test and I was pregnant and I said truly the Lord is faithful. I scrammed and cried in the Hospital and everyone there rose up in the same vain and were giving thanks unto the lord. Since then the story has been from one testimony to another. Our child was born on the October 10, 2013.”

Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro described the ex-minister as a man of faith urging others waiting for the Lord to emulate the family.

His words: “He is my friend and he was the Minister of State Interior. Something wonderful has happened in the life of this family. For those looking for a child they should have the spirit of faith and patient. God works in a miraculous ways. Most of the things that we require in live if not all God gives and he gives at his own time. The birth of this child after so many years of waiting is a lesson for all that before God no time is late.”

Among other dignities present at the ceremony were, the Controller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Mr. Zakari Ibrahim, Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. David Paradan, former Controller General of NPS, Olushola Ogundipe.

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  1. What a cute baby.
    Congrats to the parents.

  2. God is indeed Faithful! Wat a mighty God we serve!

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