The joy of indigents, widows, orphans and prison inmates in Osun State knew no bounds during the just concluded Eid el Adha.
They handsomely partook in the Sallah meat and cash distributed by the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation.
Aside the inmates who had theirs within the precincts of Ile-Ife prison, beneficiaries were seen, coasting home delightedly with sizeable packs of meat and cash in major cities and towns like Osogbo, Ede, Iwo, Ikirun, Obaagun, Ifon, Ife, Ilesa among others.
Reports had it that similar programmes were held simultaneously in other states like Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Kwara and Edo.
The Foundation’s Administrative Officer, Mallam Moshood Olaoye said the programme was designed to put joy in the hearts and smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries on the occasion of eid el-Adha.
Mallam Olaoye appreciated the benefactors of the Foundation for their unflinching moral and financial supports which has enabled it to touch peoples life. He beseeched Allah to “bless what they donated and what remained with them and reward them with paradise.’’
One of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen, Mr Nurudeen Omidiran thanked the Foundation for the gesture and prayed that Allah rewards the benefactors abundantly.
Mr Omidiran who could not hide his joy, explained that he walked to Osun State Office of the Foundation on the eve of Eid hopelessly, but got a relief with the cash and meat presented to his family by the Foundation.
A widow in Obaagun town, Mrs Rizqat Omotunde who could also not hide her joy urged other organisations to emulate the ZSF.
“If we could have about 10 similar organisations like this reputable Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, poverty will be banished from our land in no distant time. May Allah continue to bless them to do more,” she prayed.
The ZSF Cordinator for Osun State, Mallam Iyiola Oyedeji urged wealthy individuals, corporate organisations and philanthropists to partner with the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation on its various humanitarian services.
“I call on you to partner with this foundation on services such as empowerment programme, widows and orphans support, senior citizens’ support, free medical support, free water projects, Internally Displaced Persons, IDP support, Prison Inmates support and People Living with Disabilities Support, Iftar Saim, Eid Meat Distribution, to mention but a few by paying their Zakat and Sadaqat or by donating goods and materials in terms of food stuffs to the charitable organisation,’’ Mallam Oyedeji stated.
He urged wealthy citizens to visit www.zakatandsadaqat.org.ng or various offices to give their donations.
“You can also dowload out Zakatmobile application on Google playstore or donate with your mobile phone through GT Bank by dialing *737*35*AMOUNT*7695#,’’ he appealed.