- A physically-challenged man expresses his embarrassment at the President’s appointment of dead persons
- Even more embarrassing is the president’s disregard for the appointment of Educated/Lawyers Black Nation of Persons with Disabilities
- The livid physically challenged man, Eric Ufom, said persons with disability are treated as “objects” of charity
- He wants persons with disability to be seen as “subjects” with equal rights.
President Buhari’s appointment of 209 chairmen and 1,258 members of the governing boards of agencies and parastatals on Friday, 29, December, has caused serious controversy among Nigerians over 3 dead persons who were included in the lists of appointees.
Among them were Reverend Christopher Utov, as a member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research. Reverend Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko passed away on March 17, 2017, Chief Donald Ugbaja was also appointed by president Buhari as a member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC). Chief Ugbaja, a former DIG of the Nigerian Police, died on November 29, 2017. The third man Senator Francis Okpozo, was appointed as chairman of the Nigerian Press Council. While Okpozo, a senator in the second republic, died on December 16, 2016
The outraged physically challenged man, Eric Ufom, said persons with disablity are treated as “objects” of charity but wants persons with disability to be seen as “subjects” with equal rights. Read what he said below;
“The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as “objects” of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as “subjects” with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.”