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Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community flags off distribution of food palliatives with 50 households

Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community, under the leadership of Alh. Abdul-Lateef Sunmonu has demonstrated its great commitment in improving the welfare of its members as they organised a maiden edition of food palliatives, giving food stuffs and money to 50 households amongst its members.

The food distribution is the first of its kind in Ifako-Ijaiye by the religious body. The President of the Muslim Community, Alhaji Sunmonu, stated that the exercise would be continuous and that more families would benefit.

Ifako-ijaiye Muslim Community palliatives programme
Beneficiaries at Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community palliative programme

While addressing the Press, Sunmonu expressed happiness for the successful planning and execution of the food distribution, which started like a huge and unachievable project when it was first conceived, with the fact that the organisation has some other projects begging for attention.

The President disclosed that the whole essence of the food distribution is to complement the efforts of the local government towards improving the condition of the people in the grassroots.

However, he commended the support and cooperation of all the executives for making the programme a reality. He assured the Muslim faithful of more of this kind of welfare and humanitarian service as the leadership of the Muslim Community is committed to contributing their own quota to alleviating the suffering of the people through their intervention programmes.

Further, he extended his deepest appreciation to the Executive Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat (UAH), for his significant support to the Muslims and he prayed Allah continues to guide and protect him and his team.

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Meanwhile, the Chief Missioner, Sheikh Shuaib Muhammad Awwal Atata, in his short admonition, spoke on the merits of good intentions as a prerequisite of being a good believer. He established that one of the fundamental teachings of Islam is to show love and kindness to fellow human regardless of religion. He therefore commended the leadership of the Muslim Community, particularly the president, for the show of love and kindness to the people.

Ifako-ijaiye Muslim Community flags off distribution of food palliatives
Chief Missioner of Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community, Sheikh Shuaib Muhammad Awwal Atata presenting palliative to a beneficiary

The Chairman of the Palliative Committee, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Aremu, also commended the President of the Muslim Community for his large heart and the awesome support rendered to the committee. In addition, he affirmed that the target of the first phase of the palliatives 50 households, but the subsequent edition will be bigger and more elaborate than this.

However, he urged prominent Muslim personalities and other organisations within and outside of the local government to collaborate and extend their hands of fellowship with the Muslim Community so as to make this humanitarian initiative reach all the indigents and the poor masses in the community, to cushion the effects of hardship they go through on daily basis.

Generally, it was an ecstatic moment for the beneficiaries as they expressed their gratitude and applauded the organisation for the gesture towards them. They said the food and the transport fare given to them actually came at the right time when most families in the country hardly have enough food to eat, due to the current economic downturn in the country. They thanked them for putting food on their tables, and they prayed that none of the organisers would experience hunger in their lives.

Remarkably, with this eventful and high impactful humanitarian service to the people, Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community has once again proven to be a formidable religious institution in Lagos State with vision-oriented leadership and people-oriented programmes capable of alleviating poverty and empowering Nigerian masses.

The food package includes rice, spaghetti, vegetable oil, and seasoning.

Ifako-ijaiye Muslim Community flags off distribution of food palliatives with 50 households
Chairperson of Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community, Alhaja Muslimot Olokodana, presenting palliative to a beneficiary

The event was graced by Alhaja Muslimot Olokodana (Chairperson, Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community), Sheikh Ismail Ali Abayawo (Chairman, Council of Chief Imaams, Ifako-Ijaiye & Ojokoro), Alhaji Ganiyu Ajadi (General Secretary, Ifako-Ijaiye Muslim Community), and Imam Taiye. Others include; Imaams of Central Mosques and Heads of Islamic organisations.

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