By Angela Nkwocha
Veteran Nollywood actor, Kanayo O Kanayo has tasked inmates in Kuje minimum prisons Abuja, on positive drive and good conduct while in and when out of prison, stressing that whatever may have brought them to prisons should be a thing of the past, as they can still live a fulfilling life and accomplish positive future ambitions when released if they channel their energy to living aright and desisting from crime and deviant behaviors.
Kanayo gave the charge on Saturday in Abuja, when he accompanied Breath of Freedom Foundation to the prison facility for counseling and medical outreach.
He bekoned on the inmates to approach life with a positive drive and to change for the better, adding that anyone could have found themselve in their condition so they shouldn’t consider themselves as written off.
The Veteran actor recanted his life when he started from a nobody from a poor background but was determined to break the jinx of poverty in his family through hardwork and today he has risen to stardom. He admonished them to desist from friends whose only advice is how to make quick money through illicit means such as hard drugs.
Kanayo who empathized with the visibly excited inmates left them in sober reflections, as he acknowledged joining faith with BFF to drive home the noble cause the foundation stands for.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Barr Tony Ekwoaba, thanked Mr Kanayo for making out time, out of his busy schedule to be with the team. Mr Ekwoaba stated that such words of encouragement from a highly celebrated personality as Mr Kanayo would help some of the inmates going through difficult moments.
Breath of Freedom Foundation is a non governmental and non profit oriented organization with the mandate to promote inmate rehabilitation and release through reforms, skills, trainings and capacity building, medical outreach, human right monitoring, care and support services.
The group which comprises of team of lawyers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and other youths from all walks of life ensured that over two hundred inmates received medical attention and drugs as part of its commitment in promoting quality healthcare for inmates.
The Foundation which is determined to change the status quo across Nigerian prisons has also paid the fines and secured the release of some inmates in FCT command prisons facilities.
The Medical outreach is the second excercise carried out in Kuje this year, similar excercises had been condoned in Suleja and Gwagwalada prison facilities.