The Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Oba AbdulWasiu Gbolahan Lawal, has initiated a food distribution campaign tagged as “Ileya Food Drive” on Wednesday, which lasted till Friday for the residents of Kingdom to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir while cushioning the effect of COVID-19.
By Olayemi Awoleyan | On the 06th of August 2020
The food distribution campaign, commenced by his majesty, the Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Gbolahan Lawal, was initiated on Wednesday and ended on Friday. The purpose of this food distribution campaign was to support and assist the less privileged and low-income residents in the Kingdom. Particular focus was given to Inupa, and Igbosere community, Oniru Resettlement, Itirin community, Onijegi, Apapa Eleko, and other low-income communities of the Kingdom situated particularly alongside the Water Corporation. Having a word with Oba Lawal, he says that
“The food distribution to the residents is completely in accordance with the teachings of Eid-ul-Kabir as it teaches us to remember the sacrifice and empower the underprivileged community.”
The spokesperson who talked with the private secretary of Oba Lawal, Hakeem Akintoye, reports back that over 5000 food bags were distributed among several low-income communities located alongside the Water Corporation. Each food bag consisted of 10 kilos of rice, pulses and similar dry foods, food seasonings and spices, groundnut oil, and similar household edibles. They were distributed across the Kingdom. The response that the Oniru has received from the residents is positive, and people feel happy as the Oniru wants to see them empowered.
According to Gbolahan Lawal, “empowering the less privileged is an important teaching of this festival. This festival does not only takes into consideration the spiritual fulfillment and the remembrance of the sacrifice made by our forefathers. It also teaches us to assist and support the underprivileged, thus the progress of humankind and society is crucial as it beholds the essence of Islamization.”
Over 5000 food bags were distributed across the Kingdom. It has been reported that each food bag contained an excellent lot of everyday groceries such as rice, pulses, wheat, food seasonings, food spices, groundnut oil, and likewise edible that are needed for a daily meal. It was distributed among the households of the Iru Kingdom from the 29th of July, 2020, to the 31st of July, 2020.
In addition to the empowerment and development of the community, Oba Lawal says that “initiative and steps like these would help in cushioning the adverse communal effect of the pandemic.”
He tags this new initiative as “Ileya Food Drive” to cushion the pandemic effects and celebrate the religious festival. The food items were distributed by the staff of the palace and his majesty as well. It was ensured that targeted households and communities get branded food items as a gesture of kindness.
The recipients of the food distribution drive expressed delight and happiness while being grateful to his Majesty, Oba Lawal, for kindness, empathy, and love. Despite the tough economic circumstances, Oba Lawal yielded the true essence of Eid-ul-Kabir by empowering underprivileged communities across the Kingdom and the country.