The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has called for more inclusiveness of the physically challenged persons in society by way of policy formulation to better their lives and increase access to healthcare, education and other amenities for them.
Obi, in a statement to mark the International Day for People with Disabilities, stated that the physically challenged deserved a conductive environment to thrive, develop and fulfill their potentials.
He explained that one of the most important supports that could be given to the physically challenged is access to good education and healthcare.
He called on government at all levels to take into consideration the peculiar needs of the physically challenged and give them equal opportunities to achieve their dreams.
Obi further spoke against every form of stigma meted out on the physically challenged by society, adding that brotherly love and kindness should be one’s attitude towards the physically challenged.
“In our lives as humans, we must understand that we are all differently gifted and the appreciation of our individuality will enable us support one another. Our physically challenged brethren need our support to harness their potentials and function productively in society,” Obi said.
He recalled how over the years he has continued to mark his birthday celebrations with the physically challenged.
“It has become my tradition to celebrate my birthdays at Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled, Orphans and Tramps at Ozubulu, Anambra State, a home for the physically challenged. It is the kind of celebration that makes sense to me, not getting high on champagnes at the detriment of society. Investment in humans should be our priority,” Obi noted.
He urged all those physically challenged in any way, to live above their perceived conditions and strive hard for excellence.