Bukola Saraki becomes face of albinos in Nigeria, vows to end discrimination

Date: 2017-06-18

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has reiterated the commitment of the Senate to bring to an end all forms of discrimination against people with albinism, known as Albinos.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, further promised to provide equal opportunities for the albinos to enable them contribute their quota to national development.

The Senate President gave the assurances while addressing members of the Board of the Albino Foundation that paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday, in Abuja.

Saraki said: "I want to assure you that our meeting today is to send the message that we are with you. We will make sure that we defend you. We will make sure that we give you the opportunity necessary for you to be able to achieve your potentials.

"I want to assure you as you said, we will be waiting for the Bill to come from the House of Representatives, and we will definitely give it all the necessary attention to ensure its prompt passage.

"Your visit today has further exemplified what we represent; we represent all Nigerians, particularly what I will call the vulnerable groups. It is our responsibility to ensure that you are given a sense of belonging and equal opportunities to maximize your potentials, and to ensure that you are not discriminated against," he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of Board of the Albino Foundation, Dr. Douglas Anele, listed skin cancer, visual impairment, poverty, social exclusion, discrimination and stigmatization as the challenges being faced by albinos in the country.

Anele called for the intervention of the National Assembly in efforts to alleviate the sufferings of albinos through the quick passage of the Albino Bill presently before the legislature.

The bill, if passed he said, will empower people with albinism through free and compulsory education, poverty alleviation programmes and protection of the rights of albinos.

The Senate President was at the occasion nominated as an advocate and face of the albinos in Nigeria.

Click to add/read Comments



Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Ibrahim Gambari     Matthew Babaoye     Simeon Sule Ajibola     Onilu     Hajj     Roseline Oni Aremu     Babatunde Ajeigbe     Oba Abu     Apaola     Hamidat Sulyman-Yusuf     Sanusi Abubakar     Kale Bayero     Oyin-Zubair     Police Commissioner     Abegunde Goke     Tsaragi-Share     Haliru Yahaya     Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory     Ajase-Ipo     Muideen Olaniyi Alalade     Aro Yahaya     Mohammed Lawal     Maigida     Kayode Oyin-Zubair     Jebba     Saidu Isa     Yahaya Abdulkareem     Toyin Sanusi     Yekeen Alabi     Yusuf Amuda Gobir     Yunus Oniboki     Olaitan Adefila     Omupo     Mahmud Babatunde Baker     Yusuf Abdulwahab     Rafiu Ibrahim     Ifelodun     Temitope Ogunbanke     Shaaba Lafiagi     Bio Ibrahim     Orisun Igbomino     UTME     Omoniyi Ayinla     Otunba Taiwo Joseph     Ilorin Water Reticulation     Guber Aspirant     Asa     Kwara South     Code Of Conduct     Abdulkadir Orire     Kwara State Governor     Al-Ilory     Baba Isale     Dele Momodu     Maigidasanma     Isaac Gbenle     Ahmed Idris Mohammed     Onilorin     Bamidele Adegoke Oladimeji     Sulyman Buhari     Ndakene     Federal Polytechnic Offa     Yusuf Abubakar     GRA     Gbugbu     Kola Ologbondiyan     Okeose Christian Cementary     Olomu     Oniyangi     Kwara Pdp     Tafidan Kaiama     Abdullahi Adisa Akodudu     Akume     Mahfouz Adedimeji     Ayinde Oyepitan     AbdulRauf Keji     Ola Falade