THE OMILENDE STORY: A CALL TO CHARITY. 

‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed’. Proverb 19:17

‘You are not yet a believer [in God and in His religion] until you want for your brother what you want for yourself’. Hadith 13 of An nawawi collections.

I started this write-up with quotes from unarguably the two most influential personalities that ever liveth. These are not just quotes but great parts in the philosophy of religion and socialisation. The personalities here mentioned have not only preached but practices the doctrine of charity and association. According to them, it is not fair enough to live a luxury life while your neighbour struggles.

We were enjoined to give not only by our religions but also by our culture and traditions. As far as I know, no standard culture forbids charity. Charity is the baine of togetherness. It fosters unity and promotes peace. Moreover, it heightens the status of the giver. A popular Yoruba adage reads: the hands of the giver remains top. This is to show the impact of generousity.

On this note, I seek to call your attention to a suffering community in Moro L.G.A in Kwara state, Nigeria. Omilende Community suffers lack of clean water. A community of over 250 resident have been drinking from a river that they the concomitantly bathe in for 28 years now.

Pathetic right?

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THE BOKO HARAM WAR IS NOT OVER YET–Aisha Yesufu.

President Muhammadu Buhari might have spoke too soon about the complete overhaul of the Bokoharam insurgents. Although the military had successfully combed the dreaded Sambisa forest and even claimed the Terrorist Flag, one mission is yet to be accomplished. And to Aisha Yesufu and her BBOG group, it is the most important mission.

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It’s been about 1000 days since 200+ school girls were abducted in Chibok Secondary School, Borno, as they prepare to write their WASSCE exams. Efforts were made by the past administration to recover them but to no avail. The Buhari led government upon assuming office has however stated that new approaches and different tactics shall be adopted in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency and securing the release of the girls abducted in 2014 by the terrorist group. Since then, it has been attempt over attempts. In October last year, the successful negotiation of the release of 21 girls from the terrorist group gave the BBOG campaign team more hope that ‘all’ of the girls will be back soon.

The President had also stated that the war against Boko Haram is not going to be over until ‘all’ the Chibok girls are released. This claim now seem contradict the President’s recent declaration of a total victory against the terrorist group even when the girls are still in custody.

This declaration met a countered response from the BringBackOurGirls leader, Aisha Yesufu, on Tuesday evening at a special sit-out held in Abuja to highlight to mark the 1,000 days of the abduction of the Chibok girls where she insisted that there is no victory without the remaining abducted Chibok Secondary School girls rescued.

She lamented that the movement was disappointed that Buhari contradicted himself by the recent declaration and celebration of capture of Sambisa Forest as the end of the war.

“What else explains the fact that despite all assurances that another 83 of our Chibok girls were under negotiation for release “soonest”, there has been no further communication on the status of their release?”

“We are doubly disappointed that the Federal Government contradicted itself by the recent declaration and celebration of capture of Sambisa Forest as the end of the war.

“This action is contrary to the pledge that the President and the Military made repeatedly on several occasions that they would not declare victory without the rescue of our Chibok girls and all other abducted victims of [the]terrorists.”

“Painfully, we are only a few days away from #Day1000 of their tragic abduction with no communication nor clarification nor status report on the negotiation the Federal Government previously stated was ongoing for the release of the remaining 196 girls still with terrorists.” She said.