By LAJA THOMAS
Nigerians have been urged to spare a thought for the vulnerable members of our society, especially those with one form of disability or the other. This advised was given by Dr. Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua, founder/President, Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation in a statement to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities in Abuja.
He said, “I find it increasingly unbearable the pains, agonies and sorrow being inflicted on many families by communal clashes, ethno-religious violence, banditry and other violent crimes in a lot of communities. It beats my imagination the frequent resort to self-help by many in some instances with the attendant human casualties. I am deeply worried by the vulnerable persons, who have suffered varying forms of human degradation as a result of many unavoidable clashes.
“No matter how we look at it, the issue of the disabilities in the society is becoming more and more complex. They are going through very tough, difficult and challenging times. Their predicament in the face of economic realities, political challenges, social imbalance, cultural barriers and discrimination is depressing and mind-blowing.
“Who should we blame for the unwholesome circumstances of the disabilities in our midst? Who is guilty for the criminal neglect they have continued to find themselves? How do we appreciable their peculiar circumstances, which sometimes are owing to human foibles and lack of conscience among the few in the society?
How often we remember and show them love in kind and cash so that they could have sense of belonging? How many of us do remember the UN International Day for the disabled and demonstrate the essence and significance of the occasion?”