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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nigeria: Ramadan - Islamic Group to Provide Foodstuff, Clothes to Orphans

An Islamic group, Jama'atu Izalatil Bidi'ah Wa Iqamatis Sunna, JIBWIS, says it will provide foodstuff and clothes to orphans in various states, in the spirit of Ramadan.

The national chairman of JIBWIS, Abdullahi Bala-Lau, who said this in Yola, the Adamawa capital, while speaking to journalists, said the gesture was aimed at putting smiles in faces of the downtrodden. He called on other well to do and corporate organizations to assist.

He said "the gesture was to show love and give the orphans a sense of belonging in the Holy Month.
"Bountiful rewards await those that assist, particularly to needy. As the saying goes givers never lack. We should all strive to assist less privileged not only the holy month of Ramadan."

The cleric said the group had directed all its preachers and members across the country to mobilize for the programme and ensure that at least 5000 orphans benefitted from the gesture in each state of the federation. He said the gesture is to be extended to prison inmates.

He said the group would also sponsor the enrollment of school age orphans into primary and secondary schools.

"Taking care of the needy is a big Jihad and that is why I want to appeal to all stakeholders including authorities in the north to do something about the growing numbers of destitute and the culture of begging in this part of the country.

"We need to address the problem to promote peace and prosperity", Mr. Bala-Lau said.
He said the association would visit prisons to give inmates words of encouragement saying "everybody is bound to make a mistake. Some people come out of prison and became scholars, clerics, presidents, governors. The difference between here and outside is just because
inmates are not privileged to go outside. Some Nigerians outside even experience harsher living conditions than you do."

The cleric further said that JIBWIS would soon set up vocational training centres in a move to complement government's empowerment programme.

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