By JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA
Muslim lawyers across the country have been urged to partner prison ministries so as to help indigent inmates access justice free of charge, rather than remain in incarceration indefinitely.
The President, Muharam Sisters, Sekinat Yusuf who made the appeal during the group’s maiden Islamic lecture held in Lagos, said the inability to render free legal aid remained a major setback to Muharam Sisters’ mission towards helping inmates to access justice.
“Annually, we spend over N15million in rehabilitating and re-orienting inmates in Lagos State including areas such as health, education and welfare. During Ramadan every year, we spend over N5million in feeding inmates.
“Now, what we are in dire need of lawyers to assist us with free legal aid so as to help most of these inmates access justice and probably regain freedom.
This is important because nearly 60 per cent of inmates in the state are Muslims”, Sekinat said.
Stressing that every act of service to humanity was an act of worship to Allah. Guest speaker at the event, Ustaz Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, Chief Imam, Lagos State House of Assembly, urged Muslims to live for Allah and do all he has commanded, without craving earthly rewards.
National Women Leader, Jamatul Islamiya Society, Alhaja Ramdat Fehintola Okunola and Chief Missioner, Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ahmad, advocated the need for all, especially other Muslim women, to emulate the work of Muharam Sisters, adding that women had from time immemorial played prominent roles in the history of Islam.
Since its seven years of existence, the group has donated Oxygen Concentrator to Ibeju-Lekki Health Centre, rehabilitated hospital wards, donated an incubator, built a skill acquisition centre, computer section and skill education centre at Ikoyi prison, among other laudable projects.