Beneficiaries of Ramadan/COVID-19 package distributed by Muslim News Nigeria in collaboration with Guinness Nigeria have expressed their happiness over the gesture, describing it as very timely and rewarding.
Recall that this medium reported the Publisher of Muslim News, Mallam Rasheed Abubakar as saying a total number of 1000 cases of Malta Guinness, premium non-alcoholic would be distributed across various local government areas of Lagos State in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
The distribution exercise led by Mal. Abubakar saw hundreds of fasting Muslims and non-Muslims throng the main distribution centre at Pent House, Surulere area of Lagos on Friday, May 8.
Abubakar and his team moved to other Local government areas in the State, including Coker/Aguda, Orile, Mushin, Awoyokun, Onipanu, Somolu, Ojuelegba and Offin Ile, in Ikorodu to put smiles in the faces of fasting Muslims with the free Malta Guinness.
They also distributed dozens of cases to different mosques including Alhaji Kilani Mosque, Ojuelegba; Alhaji Alebiosu Central Mosque, Palmgroove, Ijesha, among others.
Some of the beneficiaries of the Malta Guinness drinks who spoke with newsmen at various distribution points across local government areas were excited about the kind gesture of Guinness Nigeria and its facilitator, Muslim News Nigeria.
Ishola Ishaq, one of the beneficiaries in Surulere, said, “I’d like to commend the gesture from Guinness Nigeria in collaboration with Muslim News Nigeria. I must say that it is timely and apt given the unusual times we find ourselves.
“Virtually everyone is in need during this Ramadan period observed under lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I appreciate them and pray that Allah will not deny them the reward,” he added.
A Christian lady in Offin Ile, Ikorodu, who simply identified herself as Iya Bobo was happy to benefit from the free drinks. She told our Correspondent that she never thought that she would be considered for the gesture since she is not a Muslim.
“I was just going out when I saw them sharing the drink. I asked a Muslim lady who said it’s free but not sure if I would be given since I am not a Muslim. I decided to wait to see if they will give me. Surprisingly, they didn’t ask me about my faith when I received the free malt. May God bless Malta Guinness.”
Another beneficiary, Fausiyah Taofeeq said the gesture was commendable, especially at this point in time where everyone has been impacted by the situation facing the world.
“Feeding a fasting Muslim, either with food or drink, also attracts reward from Allah. I pray for the progress of both Muslim News and Guinness Nigeria. May Allah bless them,” she added.
According to Mr AbdurRazaq Iyiola, “I thank Allah for being alive to witness this holy month of Ramadan. I also appreciate the kind gesture of Guinness Nigeria and Muslim News. They have shown us love in this holy month of Ramadan. My prayer is that Allah will continues to make them wax stronger and be with them.
“I expect more of this in the coming Ramadan and even beyond. May Allah assist all Muslims in the world and save us from the current pandemic ravaging the globe,” he noted.
On his part, Mr Mustafa Omodamisi expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Guinness Nigeria Plc and Muslim News for the Ramadan package, while decrying the dearth of Muslim-owned news media in Nigeria.
“I look forward to seeing many more media outlets that will stand by Islam and report issues affecting Muslims like Muslim News is doing today in Nigeria. It is common knowledge that Muslim achievers and events are being downplayed and underreported in the mainstream media today in Nigeria.
“This is as a result of the dearth of Muslim-owned media outfits across Nigeria. So, I urge well meaning individuals and corporate organizations to take up this task of venturing into the media industry as championed by Muslim News. May Allah continue to be with the team,” he prayed.
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