The Chief Magistrate of Ogun State, Oriyomi Sofowora, has advised Nigerians to always consider the vulnerable in the society, especially widows and orphans.
She added that a helping hand to the needy should be everyday affairs, and should not be reserved for festive seasons.
Sofowora spoke during a charity event hosted by a non-governmental organisation, the Ornament of Grace Charity Centre, in Sagamu, Ogun State, a statement said on Wednesday.
Sofowora, who was the chairperson at the event to mark the 10th year anniversary of the body, encouraged well-to-do Nigerians to always make provision for widows, orphans and others that were in need in their communities, noting that such could help reduce poverty in the society.
She said, “Some of us think it is when we have in abundance that we should remember the vulnerable. We must render the little assistance we can because in the long run, we are not only helping them, we are helping ourselves too. Remember that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.”
While speaking at the event, which was also used to empower some widows and orphans, the Chairman, Ornament of Grace Charity Centre, Pastor Leke Ojeyemi, said 12 families, who shared the same vision of taking care of widows, orphans and old people, conceived the charity centre.
He encouraged Nigerians to factor the less privileged into everything they did, especially in the area of welfare.
Ojeyemi stated that in the last 10 years, the group had assisted widows to establish small and medium scale enterprises.
The secretary of the group, Rev. Abayomi Solesi, said more than 76 widows and orphans had either benefited from relief packages or financial empowerment by the group.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to also extend “hand of fellowship, in form of rendering assistance to the vulnerable around them. We shouldn’t look on them while they suffer, we must be our brothers’ keeper.”