Deputy Chairman, Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria, Comrade Rilwan Abdullahi Muhammed has appealed to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make provision for persons with disabilities to vote without hindrance in the forthcoming General elections.
Comrade Rilwan said there were more than 25 million persons with disabilities across the country who would want to vote during the elections.
“My appeal is for us to come out and exercise our civic responsibility as citizens of this country . We need to cast our votes as any other person in the country,” he said.
He made the appeal during an interactive session between the media and faith based organisations organised by Beyond the Border of Disability Initiative (BBDI) and Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace ( COFP) in Kaduna.
Six organisations were also awarded for engaging with persons with disabilities in their activities and for promoting peace in the state.
The groups are Interfaith Mediation Centre, Peace Revival and Reconciliation foundation, women Interfaith council,National Tranquillity Peace Movement, Islamic Culture and Awareness( MICA)
“We are rewarding them for including Persons with Disability in their programmes because they have before now identified with issues related to persons with disabilities.
“We feel they deserved to be awarded to serve as a boost to other organisations to also carry or engage persons with disabilities in their programmes,” he said.
He explained that persons with disabilities are lovers of peace and that they love peace more than any other person because when there is a chaos in society they cannot run , they cannot see and cannot walk.
In his remarks, the founder of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Fof Nigeria Pastor Yuhana Buru thanked the organisations for recognising his efforts towards promoting peace in the state.