A humanitarian organisation, Real Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation has undertaken to bail out 13 inmates of the Badagry Prison to enable them to celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitri (end of Ramadan festivity) in their homes.
Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Mobolaji Abubakr, announced the gesture when members of the organisation visited the prison to donate consumable items to the inmate as part of its Ramadan humanitarian activities on Monday in Lagos.
Addressing the inmates, most of whom were young men, Abubakr also pledged that the foundation would pay the bailed prisoners, N5,000 each to facilitate their return home.
Correspondent of The Renaissance, who was on the entourage, reports that the lucky inmates were determined after a small Islamic Quiz competition organised by the Chief Imam of the Foundation, Ustadz Daud Zakariyah.
Earlier in his sermon, Zakariyah said the purpose of the group’s visit was to remind the inmate on the need to remember Allah and pray to Him at all times.
“What brought you here is for a purpose best known to Allah.
“You must value the favour of Allah on you for keeping you alive.
“There are many youths out there who have either been injured or killed.
“Your being incarcerated here might be for the purpose of preserving your lives to become a better citizen in future.
“If you persevere and rely on Allah, the comfort will surely come.
“You must not lose hope in the favour Allah can bestow on you,’’ the Imam said.
The Welfare Officer of the Prison, Mr Ojelabi Olayiwola, remarked that most of the inmates were young men, which he said, “is a reflection of the bad society’’.
Olayiwola blamed parents for lacking in their ability to give proper home training to their children.
He thanked the foundation for the donations, noting that “prison management often rely on items donated by philanthropic organisations like RAK, to complement food rations being supply by the government to cater for the welfare of the inmates.
Items donated by RAK include foodstuff, wears sanitary and toiletries among others.
By Oluwashina Iyanda