Remember God, Ooni preaches to inmates
By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has kick-started his annual coronation anniversary with a humanitarian visit to the Kuje Correctional facility in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
This was contained in a press statement by the Director of Media and Public Affairs to Ooni Palace, Otunba Moses Olafare, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo.
Ooni who is the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria was on an official duty in the FCT when he decided to visit inmates at the facility for a programme organized by Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) under his Chairmanship, to motivate those who are often ignored by the society.
According to the statement, the Monarch addressed the gathering of inmates and prison officials after being welcomed into the facility by officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service.
Ooni Ogunwusi who was flanked by his Queen & Deputy Convener of Hopes Alive Initiative HAI Olori Temitope Enitan-Ogunwusi, explained that the best part of human life is the one spent to serve others, particularly the poor and vulnerable individuals.
“We should always remember that God created all of us and that is the God of second chance; we have seen in this country from prison to presidency, right from prison all the way to become the president of this country.
“So, please do not write off yourselves, whatever the situation you might have found yourselves here remember that there is a God of second chance.
“I am here to tell you that there is a life after here, it does not end here and that is why you all must see this current phase of your life as a learning stage for the lessons with which you will live for life after here.
“I have not come here to tell you that it is not difficult but I am here to tell you that it is possible for you all to be better and be amongst the best members of the larger Nigerian society when you eventually leave here.”
Highpoint of the event, according to Olafare, was when five (5) inmates were freed after fulfilling all requirements including payment of bail/fines through the assistance of the HAI, with a promise to keep an eye on them and also empowering them in the trade they learned while in the Correctional Centre.
Other event earmarked for the Ooni Ogunwusi’s coronation anniversary is the Staff Appreciation Night during which all staff members (Traditional and Official) working with His Imperial Majesty will be honoured and gifted series of items including cars for the best performing ones.