The Abdulwahid Islamic Foundation on Sunday distributed Covid-19, Ramadan Relief Packages to hundreds of families in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The stimulus package is said to have been motivated by the adverse impact of the sit-at-home order on Nigerians amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
The relief package distribution which held at Arrifatul Islamiyyah Central Mosque, 13, Adeola Solomon off Ezeobi Street, Alapere-Ketu, Lagos, is also aimed at supporting the aged and vulnerable Muslims during the Ramadan period.
The COVID19 Ramadan relief initiative by the Abdulwahid Islamic Foundation in partnership with the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA and Hon. Samuel Adebayo, Founder of Succour Foundation.
The relief package includes 400 5kg bags of rice targeted at over 300 households with priority given to the most vulnerable in the Agboyi-Ketu and Ikosi Isheri Communities area of Lagos.
Speaking with BreezeReporters, President of the Abdulwahid Islamic Foundation, Ustaz Isiak Alabi said, “The Abdulwahid Foundation Ramadan Relief Package was borne out of the pandemic ravaging the world at the moment.
“Normally during Ramadan, we usually have our Ramadan public lecture but because of the restrictions by government at this perilous time, we’re constrained to have distribute relief packages in place of the public lecture we usually have.
“This is because our gathering will definitely be large which might contravene government regulations during this period. So this Ramadan relief package was put together to ameliorate and soften the hunger and pain in the land and among the Muslim community at large during this Ramadan.
“We’ve been able to follow up duly with government regulations and social distancing by ensuring we all have our nose/face masks. We made sure that only representatives from each of the organizations invited are present and are arranged in such a way that everyone are sitted far apart. We also ensured that as soon as a representative picks up their package on behalf of their organization, such persons are immediately escorted out of the hall.
“Our Special thanks goes to Almighty Allah, the Chairman Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Hon. Dele Oshinowo and Hon. Samuel Olanrewaju Adebayo of Succour Foundation for their support.
Ustaz Alabi further added that the pandemic is a phase and it shall pass in due course.
“This too shall pass, it’s a phase we’re in, we only know of yesterday that we have lived, we don’t know about tomorrow. We pray Almighty Allah to eradicate this epidemic totally. He said.
One of the beneficiaries, Alhaja Roliat Oduyemi, expressed gratitude to the foundation, noting that the time was hard for her and her family. She described the gesture as timely succour.
“It has not been easy making ends meet these days as foodstuffs are quite expensive, not to talk of the lockdown that affected us negatively.
“Receiving these foodstuffs from Abdulwahid Islamic Foundation at this trying time is a blessing.
“I thank Allah and the foundation and pray for more progress against the pandemic in this fasting month,” she said.
Hon. Abideen Ilelaboye who represented Mayor Dele Oshinowo commended the organizers of the programme and urged eminent individuals and organizations to compliment the effort of Agboyi- Ketu LCDA under the leadership of Mayor Dele Oshinowo to help the needy at this crucial time to sustain lives and livelihoods in our society.
He also prayed for the quick recovery of all people that were affected by the pandemic.
In attendance were Sheikh Abdul-Rafi’l Babatunde Muh’d Awwal, Sheikh Ismail Kajola, Ambassador Mahrufudeen Olawale , Mr. Yekni Bakri (Secretary , Board of Trustees of the Foundation), Alhaji Bashir Omogbolahan (APC Youth Leader, Agboyi – Ketu LCDA) among others