Nigerian mechanic turns single father as his wife abandons him and their 7-month-old daughter

Nigerian mechanic becomes single father when his wife abandons him and their 7-month-old daughter

An employee of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Cornelius Ellah, shared the story of a mechanic, James Emina, who is now a single father after his wife abandoned him and their 7-month-old daughter.

“I took my car in for service and saw what I consider worthy of more urgent attention than my car,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

“When I arrived at the mechanic workshop located in Etta Agbor, Calabar, I noticed that one of the mechanics was hugging a very affectionate baby on the way to the workshop.

As soon as I saw this unusual sight, I felt that the baby's mother or someone else would join him to take him back home or breastfeed him while he worked. But that wasn't the case.

I realized the baby was still in the shop when I went back there to get my car after several hours. She looked fragile and uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, her father ate peanuts and talked loudly with other mechanics in the shop. I empathized with the baby and told her she would be a great child.

My statement was a prayer. Her father and other mechanics heard me and responded “amen” on her behalf.

When I asked the mechanic about his wife's whereabouts, he said “she doesn't run, she goes Akwa Ibom”.

He even told me that the baby's name is Bênção and she is 7 months old.

According to him, Blessing's mother left him 5 months ago and he has been her only caregiver since then.

He said “na me alone de”, when I asked about his relatives and his “wife's relatives”.

Very strange.

As we all know, an auto repair shop is not a suitable place for children. It's not a daycare.

This means that Blessing is deprived of a friendly environment, maternal love, family care and closeness.

I told her father this shouldn't continue. I also got his permission to take a photo of him and Blessing. See them.


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