By Samuel Oyadongha Emem Idio
YENAGOA—THE Bayelsa State chapter of Federation of Muslem Women Organisation in Nigeria, FOMWAN, has organised a family picnic for children in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The event which attracted hundreds of children featured Koranic recitations, games and varieties of entertainment.
FOMWAN also provided free medical services to members of Obele community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Hajia Folashade Shittu, Chairperson of the 2017 FOMWAN Family Fiesta, said that the group was using the occasion to propagate the ideals of Islam as a religion of peace.
She said: “It is our mission to bring the entire family together at a public place at Bishop Demeari Grammar School, Yenagoa, to interact with residents, show love and charity to our non-Muslim brothers and sisters.
“There is something for everyone. The medical mission is free and open to both Christians and Muslims and is currently running well. It is our way of showing charity to our brothers and sisters in Bayelsa.
“We are having a picnic to fete our children and allow them to have fun after Ramadan, while we organised a lecture for the men in financial management and medical lecture for the women.”
Our mission is to show the people around us love and let them see that Islam is about peace and correct the perception some people have about us, we are not terrorists, we are loving and caring people and that is our faith for you,” Shittu said.
Owolabi Akeem, a member of the medical team said that the turn-out has been very impressive as the team comprising of doctors, medical laboratory scientists were prepared to handle up to 200 cases.
“Our target is 100 children and 70 adults but we can still go up to 200 if more people show up, it depends on the sensitisation and by the time word spreads that there will be free medical service, more people will turn up.”
One of the beneficiaries of the free medical mission, Ester Ebi lauded the Moslem women for the gesture.