The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has explained why he visited the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje.
Ooni, who visited the correctional facility in Kuje to commemorate his 8th anniversary of ascending the throne, said he was there to give hope to the hopeless.
He urged inmates to see their incarceration as an opportunity to turn a new leaf and not the end of life.
Ooni’s remark was contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the centre, Assistant Superintendent of Corrections Samuel Duza.
The monarch said his visit was necessitated by his empathy for humanity and his belief in giving people a second chance to correct their mistakes.
Ooni reportedly said: “I am here for the real people who need hope; your condition today will be history tomorrow, so don’t give up.”
He also secured the release of five inmates by paying their fines.