The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability (PLWDs) Matters distributed food items to Persons Living With Disabilities for the Sallah celebration.
Dr Samuel Ankeli, SSA to the President on PLWDS donated the items on Thursday in Abuja in collaboration with the Federal Civil Service Staff with Disabilities Multipurpose Cooperative Society (FCSSDMCS).
Ankeli said that the PLWDs needed to be treated in special manner especially in the periods of celebration and merriment.
According to him, there was no criteria for selecting beneficiaries as messages were sent across the country and only those within reach came to collect their share.
He enjoined Nigerians to use the Ed-el-Kabir period to promote virtues that would promote peace and development of the country.
“Nigerians should be more tolerant and patient with one another, discarding any threat to the peace of the nation.
“In the spirit of the sallah celebration, I want you all to promote peace in the country. We must all live as one.
“No individual greed and selfishness should cajole us to disintegrate the country through religious differences.”
He also charged Christians and Muslims to dedicate special worship days in the month of September to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The SSA disclosed that the president has promised to establish a disability commission once the disability bill was passed, adding that this was the right of Nigerians living with disabilities.
He also said that plans were underway for them to be trained by the United Nations.
In his remarks, Alhaji Abdul-Rauf Iliasu, Chairman of the FCSSDMCS, thanked the SSA for driving the campaign to empower the PLWDs in Nigeria.
Iliasu also said that in the spirit of Sallah, Nigerians should learn to tolerate one another to promote unity in the country.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing the office of the SSA on Disability matters to focus and address the challenges of PLWDs in the country.
Mrs Patience Edward, one of the beneficiaries of the food items, thanked the donors for their generosity and for putting smiles on their faces.
” I really appreciate the efforts of the SSA and the Cooperative Society for making us smile this sallah.
“It is not easy to provide these items, I pray God replenish their pockets.”
Another beneficiary, Ibrahim Haruna also commended the kind gesture of the donors for remembering them during this Sallah season.
He noted that this act of kindness has made the PLWDs in the society feel special and accepted in the society.
The items distributed included 40 bags of rice, 50 cartons of Indomie and 10 cartons of vegetable oil.
Over 150 Muslims and Christians benefitted from the items.