By Tony Edike
ENUGU – ANGLICAN Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, yesterday, condemned the sale of babies by some unscrupulous persons in the country.
Speaking in a radio programme in Enugu, Dr Chukwuma advised families wishing to adopt children to follow due process, stressing that the sale of babies is not only a crime against God but an offence punishable under the law.
He said that there is nothing wrong for childless couples to adopt babies, which would become their own, but warned that such babies must be given all the rights due to children in the family without discrimination of any sort.
The Bishop, who decried the practice by some private doctors, who engage in illegal child fostering and unlawful sale of babies from unwanted pregnancies, advised that rather than patronise those in such illicit business, desirous couples should liaise with the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare to legally adopt a child.
A medical doctor and legal practitioner, Dr. Iyke Ubaka, who spoke at the event,Â explained that once an adoption order has been issued on any child, such child is entitled to all the rights in the familyâ€™s kindred.
He advised families to ensure that they adopt children in a legal way, adding that the persecution of such adoptees by the adopters constitutes a major offence.
In her contribution, a woman activist, Mrs. Betty Agujiobi, called for proper enlightenment by the government on the adoption of children.Â She advised that adopted children should be given proper upbringing and good education.
It will be recalled that some illegal child fostering homes operated by some medical practitioners in the South East had been raided by security agencies, who rescued several pregnant teenagers that produce babies for them.