A big controversy is
raging in Lagos following the birth of a baby boy said to be clutching a
miniature Holy Quran at birth. The baby was born at a white garment church in
Mushin, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
His mother, Mrs. Kikelomo
Ilori, 32, a Cosmetologist, told P.M.NEWS that he was born on Monday after she
had carried the pregnancy for about 10 months. The single mother claimed she was
abandoned by her husband who denied responsibility for the pregnancy and
encouraged her to abort it. The woman told P.M.NEWS yesterday: “When I refused
to abort the pregnancy, he deserted me, saying ‘that is your own problem’.” Mrs.
Ilori expressed surprise at the birth of the boy. She added that the nurse who
delivered her of the baby was physically challenged, but went about it
“When my baby was delivered
holding a Quran in his hand, the nurse said the Quran should be thrown away. But
I insisted my mother must see it before any action could be taken,” Kikelomo,
who is a Christian, further explained.
Corroborating the story,
Senior Rev. Victoria Yetunde Dada said during the pregnancy, Kikelomo was always
coming to her for prayers and counselling.
“I advised her not to abort
the pregnancy because she might die in the process. Again, I told her the foetus
was sent by God and will be great,” Apostle Mother Dada told our correspondent.
Controversy has continued to trail the seemingly spurious claim.
Reacting, Medical Director of
Bodet Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Dr. Bode Tawak said scientifically, it was not
possible for a baby to be born holding a Quran.
“How big is the baby’s hand to
hold the Quran? How big is the Quran? How did the Quran get into her mother’s
womb? I don’t know how a Quran can get into a womb. But there are things you
can’t explain,” Dr. Tawak responded. He said while the incident cannot be
explained medically, in Nigeria many mysterious things happen. A Kaduna-based
medical practitioner, Dr. Munir Yusuf said from a medical point of view, it was
not possible, but added that depending on the size of the Quran, it was possible
He explained that if the Quran
is small enough to pass through the diameter of the vagina, with the child, it
is possible. In the same vein, a herbal medicine practitioner, Chief Dr. Bola
Adegunloye believes nothing is impossible, but said too much importance must not
be placed on the incident.