An Islamic group, Standard Bearers Islamic Organisation, has begun the distribution of food items, face masks and hand sanitisers to widows and the aged in three Local Government Areas of Ilorin.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items were distributed through selected mosques within the metropolis.

The Assistant Coordinator of the body, Mallam Adeagbo AbdulAzeez, explained that the organisation was a registered body with the message of pristine Islam;  to take part in nation building, and support the masses at this critical period.

AbdulAzeez called on well meaning individuals to support the poor, the aged and other vulnerable people in order to improve their well-being.

“We usually target the Imams during the annual Ramadan and organise Iftar (breaking of fast) but the coronavirus pandemic has affected our regular annual programmes,” he said.

The chairman, Ramadan committee of the organisation, Mallam Amoo Ibrahim, said the palliative was packaged in lieu of the annual Ramadan programme, which could not hold due to the current partial lockdown in the state.

He noted that the food items were part of the corporate social responsibility of the body to support indigent people as well as vulnerable Muslims.

In his remarks, the Imam of Gago Mosque, Tanke, Oke-Odo, Mallam Abdulhakeem Al-Imam, thanked the organisation for assisting the poor during the holy month of Ramadan.

He implored the wealthy individuals and similar organisations to always assist the less privileged members of the society.

NAN

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