Nigeria: Governor's Wife condemn stigmatization against children with Autism
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Dec. 8, Sokoto: In commemoration of the "International Day of Persons with Disabilities", Wife of Sokoto State Governor North-West Nigeria , Maryam Tambuwal has condemned the stigmatization against victims of Autism and cerebral palsy especially children . She said such children with special needs deserve to be educated, empowered through training in skills acquisition and entrepreneurship.
This is why her pet project named Maryam Mustapha Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (MMAWT) Legacy Initiative in collaboration with Rebuilding Hope donated Tricycles, 100 Wheelchairs, 100 special canes to blind and other kids with special need of Abdulrashid Adisa Raji Special School in the state. Speaking at the event , Maryam said most talented people on earth today are people with special needs. " Even more horrifying is watching such children being made destitutes and avoided as irritants or a dangerous specie, because of their conditions largely as a result of superstitions propagated to stigmatize them .
"Their value should be beyond destitution, condemnation and stigmatization. They deserve to be empowered through trainings in skills acquisition and entrepreneurship, education, scholarships, talent management and identification, Nutrition, agriculture and more especially in this modern era of Technology," she added. She challenged well meaning Nigerians to give support to these set of people, saying, "let us kindly ask ourselves, how have we used the gift of good health, wealth, opportunities and knowledge we posses to better the lives of these people? " It is our collective responsibility to care for our Neighbors’ and environment like all religions and culture in the world teaches.
" The governor's wife represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Girl Child Education, Dr Amamatu Yusuf thanked caregiver of the disables, saying, "I salute parents of such persons living with disabilities for the care and emotional trauma it causes them. Please do not relent, your reward is in heaven and May God see you through ."
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