Residents of Oyedeji village II, near Moniya in Akinyele Local Government area of Oyo State have expressed joy on the philanthropy of the founder of ‘Ori-Oke Alaseyori,’ Muyideen Kasali. Kasali, a blind cleric, who got to the village barely six years ago, on Friday, presented a new 300KVA transformer which he purchased for the community. It was learnt that Kasali had earlier donated a police post with a patrol van and a borehole to the village.
A community leader in the village Mr. Tijani Bakare, described Kasali as “a great mind in the services of God and humanity.”
Bakare recalled that the village had, hitherto, suffered hardship as a result of neglect by successive governments.
He said, “The entire village will forever be indebted to the prophet because of his humanitarian gesture. We had no potable water but he provided us borehole. We were exposed to security risk as a result of absence of police; he built a police post and donated a security van.
“Just as we continued to thank him he gave us another surprise by bringing a new transformer for the use of the community. Someone who gives you access to drinkable water free of charge could be said to have taken over government’s responsibilities.”
Another resident, Idayat Mohammed, said the country would have been a better place if government had developed rural communities.
“If we have many of the rich people in the country committing their resources to community development and poverty alleviation programmes, the society would be better,” she said.
Kasali said it was erroneous to assume that it was the responsibility of the government alone to provide amenities for the people.
“If we all wake up to the challenge, we will see that the country will be better for us all. We are praying, but, we cannot subject everything to spirituality as the attitude of Nigerians is making us fools,” he said.
According to him, he took to philanthropy to demonstrate that all citizens have a role to play in a nation’s development.
He explained that the idea of buying the new transformer occurred to him as a result of huge cost of fuelling generator.