As the lockdown, necessitated by the raging deadly virus, COVID-19, affects businesses and households, a philanthropist, Engr. Idris Adeoye and his wife, Hajia Halimat-sadia Adeoye, have brought smiles to the faces of people of Oyo State.
The couple yesterday started the distribution of relief materials and cash gift, worth N10 million, in their hometown of Oyo town.
Apart from the hundreds of widows who got N5000 each, individuals and associations that included Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Nigeria Union of Tailors, Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACCOMORAN), Hairdressers, Traders, Islamic and Christian organizations went home with bags of rice, semovita, beans, spaghetti and noodles.
At the symbolic distribution, beneficiaries took turns to shower praises and prayers on the couple. The gesture, according to beneficiaries who besieged the couple’s country home, was unusual.
Asked what informed the gesture, Hajia Adeoye, who was on hand to coordinate the distribution, said that was not the first time they would be doing some of such nature. She added that it became the talk of the town because of the volumes that were distributed at once.
According to her, “we do this almost every now and then. It is not for any other purpose than to assist our people. As Muslims, we see it as one of the things you must do, especially when you are in the position to assist. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to start saying the assistance we have offered. It will amount to showing ingratitude to Allah. We believe that anything we have is only kept in our custody; we should use it to assist people.
“These wouldn’t stop here. Just like we have been doing, we will continue. We have decided to make this bulky because of the effect we know the temporary lockdown of markets and businesses would have had on our people. Even before this pandemic, we know how things haven’t been rosy for the masses. While we pray for quick and permanent solution to COVID-19, we will urge those who are privileged to assist to support the needy. We also urge our people to adhere to guidelines of COVID-19 so as to prevent the virus from spreading,” she added.