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From UMC, succour for orphans, inmates


Superintendent of Kirikiri Prison, Mr Lugemo Lanre (left); Coordinator Prison Affairs in Lagos State, Alhaji Miftau Alade; Deputy Superintendent of Prison, Mr. LAARO Lamidi; Deputy Controller Kirikiri Prison, Mr. Freedman Ben-Rabbi; chairman University of Lagos Muslim Community (UMC), Prof. Lai Olurode, Sec. Unilag Muslim Woman Association, Alhaja Bola Akindele; Executive Member of UMC, Dr. Koleoso Hikmat; Personal Assistance to DCP, Mr. Antony Okpomu during UMC visit to kirikiri Prison in Lagos.

University of Lagos Muslim Community (UMC) has distributed food items, cows, ram, toiletries, cloths, shoes and cash items to children of Bab-Es-Salam orphanage home and the inmates of kirikiri prisons.

During the visit, the Chairman of UMC, Prof. Lai Olurode said the visit is aim towards empathising with inmates during the festive period of Eid-ul-Ahda because the holy Prophet (SAW) taught Muslims not to discriminate and enjoin Muslims to extend love and happiness among one another. “ We have come to empathize with you because there are so many people out there that have committed crimes greater than yours and they are walking freely, but you being in the prison is trial from Allah (SWT) and it will surely come to pass”

He urged the inmates not to despair, it’s a temporary phase and it will certainly come to end.
“ Allah has said in the holy Quran that every human will face one trial or the other on earth and he will surely forgive anyone that repent no matter how enormous the sin committed”, he said.


While presenting the items, the Assistant Secretary General of (UMC), Dr. Mariam Gbajumo-Sheriff said the initiative is one of the regular humanitarian visit of the group and it’s intended to bring succor to the needy during the festive period of Eid-ul-Ahda which commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim who follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.

She said: “UMC use to organize regular visits during the two Eid celebrations – Ramadan and Eid-ul-Ahda. This is the second phase of the visitation and we are here to donate, meet the children, listen to them and give them some words of advice. Also we have some professionals with us who will give the children some carrier advise”

Gbajumo-Sheriff urged the Muslim Ummah to always extend kindness, visit to the needy as enjoined by the Holy prophet (SAW).“ it is always beneficial to visit or extend gift to the needy most especially the indigent ones because it makes them happy. And also remind us of the favors that Allah bestows on us that we take for granted. Likewise integrate children in orphanage home with the larger society.

The Head of Bab-Es-Salam, Imam Hassan Tahir commended the group on their kind gesture by remembering the home ones during the celebration of period. Noting that the home is run with the help of Allah and the support of the founder, late Alhaji Abdulwahab iyanda Folawuyo.

He enjoined Muslims to compete with one another in good deeds.“As Muslims lets compete with another in good act, if you see your brother doing something good, even if you can shoulder it then it is your duty as a Muslim to see how you can encourage him in the good act by giving your own support within your own means’.Tahir urged Nigeria government to intensify efforts at mitigating hardship on the less privilege

“ Government should work towards making life easy for the citizen by so doing it will go a long way in solving the nation problems and as individual within your own capacity try to see how you can make life easy for people’ He noted that Bab-Es-salam is open to any one who wants to visit or contribute in one form or the other.

“ You are welcome anytime you come, even when passing by and you can stop and great not until you have material items to donate. Lets encourage ourselves to always pay visit to anywhere we have such project to give our own contribution, words of encouragement because that will go a long way in helping the society”.


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