The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Convener of the Hope Alive Initiative for Africa, paid a visit to the Medium Security Custodial Centres in Kuje on Tuesday to commemorate his 8th year on the throne of his fathers.
This was said by the Centre’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Corrections (ASC), Mr Samuel Duza, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ogunwusi stated that his visit was prompted by his empathy for humanity and his conviction in giving individuals a second chance to make amends.
He expressed joy over the warm reception accorded him and his wife on this special occasion, and urged inmates not to see their incarceration as the end of life, rather they should see it as an opportunity to turn a new leaf.
According to him, “I am here for the real people who need hope, your condition today will be history tomorrow, so don’t give up.”
The Ooni, who secured the release of five inmates through payment of their fines, admonished other inmates to be of good behavior, comport themselves in line with the rules of the custodial centre and forgive themselves.
Ogunwusi promised to support the inmates’ rehabilitation programmes by giving materials to aid their skills acquisition programme.
In her speech, the deputy convener, Hope Alive Initiative for Africa, Olori, Dr Temitope Ogunwusi, said that the visit was not only to celebrate the remarkable reign of his majesty but to reflect on societal issues.
According to her, “we are reminded of the power of forgiveness, redemption and second chance.”
She applauded the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, and the correctional service authorities for doing a great job in the reformation and reintegration of the inmates’.
The Controller General, NCoS, Haliru Nababa, appreciated the Ooni and Olori for choosing Kuje Custodial Centre to show their benevolence.
Nababa assured them of the service’s commitment to the full implementation of its mandate of reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates.
The CGC, represented by the Controller of Corrections in charge of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ajibogun Olatubosun, admonished the discharged inmates to be good ambassadors of the centre in their future endeavours.
The highlight of the event was the exhibition of items produced by inmates of the facility.