Disable persons to politicians: We'll not vote for parties, candidates without agenda for us  - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, December 1, 2018

Disable persons to politicians: We'll not vote for parties, candidates without agenda for us 

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Ayobami Ife
The voting population of the physically challenged persons in Nigeria on Saturday called for disability rights and social inclusiveness to address perceived discriminations against them by other members of the society.

The physically challenged persons who met in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in their hundreds, threatened not to vote for political parties and candidates without agenda to address the challenges facing them.
The group were in Ogun State to deliberate on strategies to adopt in furtherance of the agitation for "disability rights" at various levels of governments in the country.

They urged politicians to emulate the then governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel, whose  administration appointed one of them as a Special Adviser on disability matters.

Speaking at the 10th Anniversary of the Blind Human Rights Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, the President of the Association, Ayodeji Ishola, advised state and Federal governments to establish special ministry to cater for the physically challenged persons.

Ishola also craved a forum where the physically challenged persons would meet candidates of various elective offices in order to intimate political parties and candidates with the challenges they contend with daily and how to resolve them using  special ministry.  

He said: "I think there is a huge discrimination between the blind and the able-bodied in this country and that is being created by the people in government.

"It is clear that the physically challenged need special attention and needs. There should be a special ministry created by government for the physically challenged persons if they really care about us. 

"In Nigeria, government usually neglects us at all times but for coming elections, they are planning to create special place for us to be able to vote during elections. That tells you that government needs our votes and they don't care about us and we are not up to 30% of the population of Nigerians. 

"You can see that politicians are moving around now to canvass for your votes, I don't want to campaign for anybody, but I will only ask you, my colleagues, to vote for politicians and candidates who will have the love of the disabled at heart. The politicians - presidential candidates and governorship candidates with clear cut blueprints for us." 

Also speaking, the  Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi,  pledged the commitment of the Police to protect the  rights of all Nigerians, especially the physically challenged persons from being made the subject of discriminations.

He added that the Police are determined to protect the disabled persons from being defrauded or oppressed by members of the public, warning that the Police would also not take it lightly with whoever meant evil against the physically challenged.

"Even if the blind have not formed any Association for their rights, every able-bodied man should fight for them. It is unwholesome and illegal to discriminate against, oppress or swindle the blind. 

"I want to assure you that Ogun State Police Command will not take it lightly with any able-bodied who discriminates against, oppresses or swindles the disabled," Abimbola said.

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