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RAMADAN PERIOD … A TIME FOR CHARITY, FORGIVENESS AND PIETY – LAWMAKER, ALLI – MACAULAY

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sherifat Kehinde Mojisolaoluwa Alli-Macaulay has said that in the spirit of Ramadan, she will be giving out food items to several people in the next few days, apart from others that will be fed before the end of the holy month.

Alli – Macaulay who is the Law Maker representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency I and Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs, Poverty Alleviation and Job Creation, made this known during an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, she said that the gesture was because Ramadan period was a time for everybody to show love to their neighbors, especially those that were in need, Ramadan is also a good time to pray for our Dear Country Nigeria and the rest of the world against insecurity, Poverty and the Dreaded Corona virus pandemic.

She admonished the people to develop a heart of giving and help the people around them, especially those who are in need. Alli-Macaulay said that the essence of Ramadan was for Muslims to put themselves in the position of those that were hungry so that they could know how it feels to be in need.

“Just like Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that anytime we are in the Ramadan period, we should always remember that there are some people somewhere who do not have food to eat, so whatever you have and no matter how little it is; we should try to share it with the people around us .

Mama Amuwo as she is fondly called said “On my part, my office has reached out to over 3000 people through our empowerment programs and this holy month of Ramadan is not any different as we will be reaching out to over 1000 women. Alli-Macaulay said that she specifically gives out food items in the month of Ramadan because people need to eat and that the essence of the period was to feed people and make them happy.

The lawmaker said that food items that were available for distribution to the people include milk, milo, sugar, spaghetti, garri, semovita, noodles, just to mention a few. She noted that the gesture was not from the assembly but that she was doing it personally.

Alli-Macaulay, however, dispelled a rumor that she used the palliative items meant for her constituents for her birthday celebration last year saying “I didn’t use palliatives for my birthday. The ceremony was a birthday / women empowerment. It was a coincidence that 90 boxes of indomie (the palliatives) came at the time and had to be shared anyway to the rightful owners.

I’m a woman of compassion. I cannot take what’s meant for my people! Even before I became a member in 2019, I have always touched people’s lives ” adding that she had been helping hundreds of people. She also used the opportunity to greet her fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, wishing them Ramadan Mubarak.

According to her, this is the time to remain faithful to God and to forgive one another. It is also a time to ask for forgiveness especially in these last 10 days of this glorious month to worship and get close to Allah. Alli-Macaulay also prayed for the peace and unity of Lagos State and that of the country generally.

The lawmaker said she will also be giving out free meals to her constituents in her office in Amuwo-Odofin to break their fast. She also mentioned that her act of benevolence was not about politics, religion, gender and that there should be no sentiment in doing things to worship Allah.

Alli-Macaulay noted that last year, she gave out pepper grinding machines, sewing machines, hairdryer sets, popcorn machines to empower several women. “It is not about sentiment, I am just passionate about helping people and putting smiles on their faces”*

In her closing remarks she said ( “Like I Will Always Say, Adding Growth To Humanity Is Greater Through Political Participation, Good Conscience, Diligence and Women Empowerment” –Alli – Macaulay 2019) so it is important to give women 30% chance when considering people for positions of authority especially at all levels of government, according to the accord reached at the Beijing Conference in China, while making reference to the forthcoming Local Government elections in Lagos State, Alli – Macaulay said that more women should also be encouraged and seize the opportunity of the forth coming Local government elections, adding that discrimination against women should be eliminated in our society.

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