Muslim Leaders Laud Dangote Foundation for Philanthropic Gesture in Ekiti

3rd May 2024

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Muslim leaders in Ekiti have expressed gratitude to the management of Dangote Foundation for setting a unique philanthropic precedent for the people of the state.

In a display of communal support and social responsibility, the foundation recently extended its philanthropic gestures to the Muslim communities and organisations in Ekiti State, ensuring that the spirit of Ramadan resonated through act of kindness.

Through the exercise, ten thousand 10kg bags of rice were distributed to the various Islamic organizations, associations, groups and Muslim communities in all the local governments in Ekiti.

The gesture was equally extended to the Christian Association of Nigeria in the state.

Speaking on the gesture, the president of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Ekiti state, Alhaji Hammed Afolabi Bakare, who successfully supervised distribution of the Dangote Foundation’s largesse in collaboration with committee members to all the 16 local government areas in the state, described the gifts as life-saving, given the present economic reality in the country.

He said despite logistical problems, the food items, initially intended for distribution before the end of Ramadan, had now reached their destinations, thanking Dangote Foundation’s commitment and logistic support.

He remarked that the initiative had not only bridged the gap between the rich and the poor among Muslims in Ekiti State and set precedent for future philanthropic endeavours.

Alhaji Bakare remained optimistic that the generosity would inspire both Muslim and non-Muslim benefactors to continue the tradition of giving as commanded in the Holy Quaran and recommended in the pillar of Islam of Zakat and Sadaka.

Also speaking, the state’s Secretary of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), Tijani Musa, and the representative of the Organization of Muslim Unity (OMU), Alhaji Saka Akinola expressed profound gratitude to Dangote Foundation.

As the food items reached the beneficiaries across the state, representative of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Ekiti State chapter, Alhaja Taibat Oladunni expressed her appreciation for the fair and inclusive distribution process.