By Evelyn Usman
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris yesterday, charged children at orphanage homes across the country to put the circumstances that brought them to where they were , behind them, by forging ahead with a determined courage to becoming what they were destined to be.
He gave this charge during a visit to the Ijamido Children Home , at Otta, Ogun state, to celebrate Easter, with a donation of food items, mattresses and books .
Represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police area ‘D’ command, Mushin, Mr Akinbayo Olasoji, he explained that the gesture was part of Police proactive measures at curbing crime, pointing out that if children in such homes are hungry, they could be tempted to committing crimes such as pick pocket and could graduate to burgle and robbery.
He therefore, called on policemen and members of the public to donate, no matter how small, to orphanage homes , even as he admonished the children to face their studies and adhere strictly to the regulations of the home, expressing optimism that some of them would turn out become prominent Nigerians in future.
He lauded the effort of the the management of the home,noting that some of the children would have turned out to become bad influence in the society had the home not come to their rescue.
Accompanied by the Commander, Police Mobile Force 43, Mr Udu Ogechi; the Administration Officer, PMF 43, Onyinaya Uche and other senior police officers, the visiting police boss said : “Being in an orphanage does not take anything away from your destiny because your beginning in life does not determine your end point. One reason why this donation is made , is to give the children a sense of belonging, so that they will know that the Nigeria Police is a friend and not an enemy. It is also to send a message to all policemen to be kind to the less privileged.”
Gospel music artist, Evangelist Tope Alabi , who also visited the home to celebrate Ester with the children, expressed gratitude to the Police, describing the gesture as a new phase of the Police as an organisation. She informed that her foundation had made it a point of duty to celebrate with the children every Easter, in the last six years, noting that any assistance rendered to children in such homes would go a long way to meeting God’s injunction of helping the needy.
On her part, Chief Executive Officer of the home, Dr Mrs Victoria Abosede Obakoya, who disclosed that she was a product of the home, called on some members of the public who consider children in orphanage as outcast to change their perspective, clarifying that they were not different from other children. She disclosed that the home had raised graduates, majority are doing well in their respective fields while others were trained in skill acquisition.
Describing the visit of the IGP as one that will linger in the memories of the children, she said: ” This visit has made another landmark in the history of Ijamido Children home. For the IGP to send his entourage to visit us and for Evangelist Tope Alabi to also come in person , is enough to appreciate God for his goodness.”