Ahmadiyah Muslim Jamat on Friday donated food items to journalists and some residents of Ojokoro community in Lagos and its environs as a way of easing the inconvenience caused by the ongoing lockdown of the state over the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic.
Speaking with the journalists during the event, the representative of Amhaiyah Muslim Jamat, Alhaji M. O. Lakunle Bello said that the organization had been playing prominent roles as regards the pandemic.
“Amhadiyah Muslim Jamat worldwide, as an organization also has an organization called Humanity Force.
“All over the world, we have played vital roles on the pandemic by providing safety material for hospitals, and by giving food and materials to the needy.
“About two weeks ago, we reached out to our members in Nigeria. We also recognized the role played by journalists, which was why we extended the palliatives to them.
“We are starting the recognition of our neighbours in Ojokoro.
“These items were put together by members of Amhadiyah Muslim Jamat, auxiliary body and the women wing. We also went further by providing face masks for the people.
“Its important we all wear face masks. Our advice to the public is that we must all wear face masks, follow instructions given by the government and CDC. They are in our own interest,” he said.
Alhaji Bello said that nobody needed to tell him to protect himself and that if anyone did he should be glad to heed to the advice.
He urged the people to embrace social distance, wash their hands, stay at home, and that if they must go out at all for any reason they must wear face masks.
He added that if they come in contact with anybody with the virus the risk of contracting the pandemic will be restricted because of the masks, and that it was important we wear masks.
“That is why we in Ahmadiya Muslim Jamat have taken it upon ourselves to do what we are doing now. What we are doing here would be replicated in Ogun State, Osun State and Abuja, it would not be limited to Lagos.
Also speaking with journalists, the Secretary General of Humanity First, Alhaji Raji Dauda thanked the donors of the items.
While appreciating the donation of the food items, Dauda said that they would see to the onward distribution of the items to the vulnerable and the aged.
“What we have on ground include 500 packs of food items such as beans, rice, garri, and noodles, but we are starting with the aged, then we will get to the needy,” he said.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dr. Qasim Akinreti said that the council was extremely happy with the gesture of the organization.
Dr. Akinreti stated that the organization would be the first to respond to the series of calls that he had made on the plights of journalists during the lockdown period.
“We would like to show our appreciation to Amhadiyah Muslim Jamat and Humanity First for the donations of bags of rice and beans to journalists in the state.
“This is actually the first organization that responded to our calls, and we are happy that same day the Lagos State government is doing same as well.
“This would go a long way to alleviate the sufferings of the aged and those that have not received salaries for a long time in the profession, as well as widows.
“These are our first targets in the NUJ. Later, we would extend the gesture to other members of the union.
“The items are basically for the aged, widows, and the vulnerable,” he said.
Akinreti, who expressed his sincere appreciation to members of Ahmadiya Muslim Jamat, disclosed that the Muslim body sponsored two of journalists to London Jazz and London Conferences.
He said that this showed that the relationship between Lagos NUJ and Amhadiyah community is very cordial.