Posted by News Express | 30 December 2016 | 1,886 times
Comrade Amitolu Shitu bonding with the beggars during his birthday bash in Osogbo, Osun State.
Human rights activist, Comrade Amitolu Shitu, dazzled the beggars in Osogbo, capital of Osun State, when he invited them to his house to celebrate his 52nd birthday with him on Wednesday.
Friends and associates as well as relatives of the celebrant who had expected a flamboyant birthday party were surprised to meet the beggars at his Asubiaro residence of the activist.
The male and female beggars numbering about 250 sat patiently and offered special prayers for the activist and they also commended him for rescuing them when they were chased away from the popular Ayetoro junction where they converge daily to seek alms.
Speaking in Hausa language, the Chairman of the beggars, Suaibu Aruna, narrated how Amitolu Shitu intervened when some officials of the state government chased the beggars away from Ayetoro as part of the sanitation activities of the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
He announced that all the beggars have unanimously agreed to appoint Amitolu as the patron.
While speaking, Amitolu said he decided to celebrate his birthday with the beggars because they are the best set of people, saying that God has His reason for making them what they are and that they need support and encouragement so as not to be dejected.
The activist accepted to the patron of the beggars and distributed cash to them after feting them.
Amitolu also used the occasion to raise fund among his friends and associates for the beggars to share after the event so that they would not go home empty pocket after eating the food provided for them.