Founder of the Animal Welfare Organization of Nigeria (APON), Joseph Odika recently met the widows of deceased Nigerian soldiers in the 81 battalions and the brigade’s engineering unit at Mokola military barracks in Ibadan, to share food with widows for the celebration of Christmas. .
Joseph who was there with some friends said: “I grew up with the understanding that touching lives is a blessing and not material wealth and also with the understanding that we can only grow as people in ourselves. supporting each other ”.
According to Joseph, giving has always been his way of life and that is why he does not yet have any properties. “I am not saying that owning houses is bad, but I prefer to share what I have with the needy knowing full well that I will only take good deeds with me out of this world and leave the material things behind.” , did he declare.
The acclaimed farmer and advocate for social change said the cassava flakes known locally as “garri” were produced from his farm in Orisunbare village in Oyo state, Nigeria. He gave part of it to widows and sold part of it to supplement rice and other food items distributed to widows.
According to him, the palliative that was given to widows was to start a foundation in memory of his late father (Sir Peter Odika), which his family called the Peter Odika Memorial Foundation. The foundation was founded to keep alive the legacy of his late father to give to the poor. The foundation will prioritize women and children as direct beneficiaries of the foundation.
In a speech of welcome and appreciation for the goodwill shown to the widows, the commander of the engineer brigade, Brigadier AG Audu, thanked Joseph Odika for remembering the widows whose husbands died in active service, fighting in dead to ensure a peaceful Nigeria. He also assured the widows that the command will not fail to support them especially during this Christmas period.
Speaking on behalf of the Widows, the Cantonment Magajia expressed gratitude that not all rich people think like Joseph Odika. He then prays that God will bless Joseph Odika so that he can touch more lives.
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