Mrs Bridget Uleghe, Coordinator, Association of Widows in Ikorodu, has narrated how the ranking lawmaker representing the Ikorodu Constituency I, and the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunibade, helped her start a business after the death of her husband and two kids.
She stated that she met the lawmaker when she came to lkorodu and had to start a firewood business with the support given to her and other widows by the lawmaker.
The widows Coordinator stated this while making a remark on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, during the presentation of N50, 000 cash and two bags of food items each to 60 widows.
She was among the 100 widows that benefited from the first edition of the Hon. Agunbiade’s widow’s mite event, held at the Ikorodu Town hall last year.
“It is my pleasure to be here today. We have been told that we are going to be given support since October, but unfortunately, we heard that Hon. SOB Agunbiade’s house was attacked which was so painful”, she said.
“We had to offer serious prayers to him at our last meeting.
“One thing that I know about Hon. Agunbiade is that his tomorrow will be greater than today, no matter what some people are doing”.
The woman, who stated that she wanted to commit suicide after losing her husband and two kids in an accident, said that it was the lawmaker that helped her in establishing a business when she came to Ikorodu and commended him for being supportive of widows.
“It is not easy to be a widow. It is an unfortunate thing. The day my own started, I wanted to commit suicide. I tried doing that again about three times but people came to my rescue. I never knew that I will come out of the mystery that widowhood has thrown at me.
“I lost my husband and two kids in an accident but today, I give God all the thanks.
“When I came to Ikorodu, l met Hon. SOB Agunbiade and since then, he has been assisting.
“The first time was when he called us to the Ikorodu Town hall and assisted us. The money he gave us on that day was the capital that I used in starting my business. I started with 40 bundles of firewood which I was getting from Imota to supply to people”, the widow coordinator explained.
“I also added selling of fish to the firewood business. These are the work of Hon. S.O.B. Agunbiade”.
Mrs Uleghe charged others privileged individuals to emulate the lawmaker and give helping hands to those in need.
“There are many people here who have so much money but don’t have the heart of giving or helping.
“The day I learnt that they attacked SOB, I cried because it is me that they wanted to kill again.
“After coming to Ikorodu from Ajah, as the Coordinator of the widows, I met with S.O.B. through one of his boys, and on meeting me, he questioned me and I provided necessary details. Ever since then, he accepted me”.
She also acknowledged the support received by the widows from the lawmaker during the COVID – 19 pandemic.
“During COVID – 19, nobody reremembered widows but he (Hon. Agunbiade) called us to give us food items and had helped us on several occasions. What he gave us during the pandemic; we would not have been able to buy them if we had taken money to the market to purchase them at that time”, she recalled
“If we have men like Hon. Agunbiade, Nigeria will not be like this. At least, we (widows) and our children will not be experiencing the hardship that we are going through today.
“I mean genuine widows because there are some widows that jumped out to make ends meet when their husbands died but that is not the solution and I keep telling them.
“I know that as long as S.O.B. remembers the widows and as long as God lives, all the attacks being directed at him will not affect him and his family”, she prayed for the lawmaker.