The Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has urged for improved support for disabled citizens as Nigeria commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
In a statement on Sunday via his X account, Peter Obi said, “I join in demanding a better nation for them as fellow compatriots, living with disabilities not by their making. Living with a disability should not be a death sentence or society stigmatisation, but should be a platform that calls up the humanity in us as their brothers and sisters.”
Peter Obi criticized the challenging governance environment, highlighting that those with disabilities are particularly affected by the increased hardships they face “in our clime where good governance is hard to come by leading to needless hardship, those living with disabilities in our midst feel the pinch more as life becomes more difficult for them.”
Obi emphasized the need for government care for over 35 million Nigerians with disabilities, citing WHO statistics, to enable their full lives and contribute positively to the nation’s development.