The items donated to inmates were bags of rice, cocking oil, spaghetti, beans, soap and spices among others.
For the orphans,they benefited with clothing materials, bags of rice and cocking oil meant to have succour in their lives especially during the forthcoming Sallah period.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the distribution, the Amir, ABU Muslim Forum, Prof. Muhammad Bello-Usman said the essence of the gesture was to touch the lives of the less privileged in the society.
He said the amount of money spent for the project was generated from contribution of individuals in the forum mainly to put a smile on the faces of the beneficiaries.
“The programme will also feature donation of food items and other materials to patients responding to treatment at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital ABUTH), Shika, Zaria”.
According to the Ameer apart from items donated to the inmates, the forum had also cleared a fine for a nursing mother to gain her freedom.
While at Zaria prison, the Amir preached to the inmates to consider their stay in prison as a test of faith from Almighty Allah.
“We are here representing the entire ABU Muslims to sympathise with you, show you love and care, you should consider your stay here as a test from Almighty Allah.
He advised them to be reformatory and should get something doing to transform their life especially something related to their religion, Islam.
“Repent, Almighty Allah is all forgiving and willing to accept your repentance. What is needed from human beings is to understand who created you and hold on to Him for forgiveness.”
The forum encouraged the inmates to endeavour to learn and memorise the holy Qur’an properly alongside other Islamic education to be able to practice their religion perfectly.
While addressing members of Orphans Committee, Zaria Local Government at Haruna Danja Juma’at Mosque, Zaria, the Amir said they were in the mosque to show concern for the orphans.
He recalled the saying of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) which states that: “whoever takes care of an orphan would be with him like this (indicating two of his fingers) and they will enter paradise together.”
Responding, the Assistant Comptroller of Prison in-charge of Zaria, Alhaji Muhammad Bagudu appreciated the forum for the gesture and promised to make judicious use of the items donated.
Bagudu appealed to other individuals and organisations to emulate the good gesture by donating to the prisons for the good of the inmates.
He, however, appreciated the Federal Government for giving adequate attention to the welfare of inmates, adding that donations from other quoters would go a long way in complementing the efforts of government.
He solicited for support from the forum in the area of teaching and mentoring especially in computer education, adding that they needed at least two or three lecturers that would be coming to guide and teach the inmates.
He said recently, the United Nations had awarded the Nigerian Prisons Service following the performance of the Nigerian inmates in education.
“It may interest you to note that in Nigerian prisons, we have prisoners undergoing undergraduates, masters and PhD. programmes through the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
On his part, Malam Yusuf Namadi, the Chairman Orphans Committee, Zaria Local Government described the gesture as a path paradise, assuring that the items would wipe tears on the faces of many orphans.
He appealed to Muslim Forums in other Universities and higher institutions as well as fellow individuals to borrow a leave from ABU and donate generously for the orphans towards making them happy not necessarily during the Sallah periods but all year round.
Namadi assured that they have about 10,500 orphans under their care, adding that they do screen them through some sub committees at lower mosques at community level.
According to him each small mosque is saddled with the responsibility of screening and identifying the orphans in it respective areas by the use of forms.
“We don’t mind the religion of an orphan, he or she can be a Muslim or a Christian and we don’t mind about the sect, an orphan can be from any of Islamic sects we treat them equally,” Namadi assured”.