From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko.
Nigerians, especially those in the rich class, have been called upon to always be their brother’s keeper by extending hands of fellowship to the needy in the society.
The National President of Ansar Ud-deen Society of Nigeria, Dr Abdul-Rafiu Adebola Saani made this call while presenting palliative materials to some people in Agbaluku, Arigidi-Akoko.
Dr Abdul-Rafiu said the less privileged, vulnerable and indigent people who had been battling with life, particularly how to feed during this coronavirus pandemic lockdown deserve to live well.
The AUD National President who was represented by his National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Kilani at the ceremony said the lockdown has prevented many people, particularly those who are self employed, from embarking on their means of livelihood.
Observing that this year’s Ramadan falls into the period of the lockdown, he advised Muslims to offer fervent prayers for the pandemic to end soon.
He appealed to all Muslims to celebrate Eidl-Fitri with moderation and not to be involved in large gatherings as the ban placed on religious gathering is still in place.
In his own comment, the Chairman, ADS, Ondo State Council, Alhaji Saliu Owolabi, described Dr Aare Sanni’s gesture as unprecedented in the annals of the society and therefore called for emulation by other well to do individuals.
Alhaji Owolabi commended efforts made by Ondo state council to extend palliative to all nooks and crannies of the state.
Meanwhile the representative of the donor, Alhaji Ibrahim Kilani, disclosed that the exercise also took place across the country and that the exercise in Ondo state was done through the seven councils of the society in the state.
Alhaji Kilani said over 300 people benefited from the exercise as cash gifts were given to the beneficiaries.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaja Saidat Adeosun from Ikaram Akoko branch of the society prayed and thanked the national president for alleviating the suffering of the people through his intervention.