Pastor Ben Akabueze of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), King’s Court onVictoria lsland in Lagos has said there is need to show compassion and cater for people with disabilities.
He spoke at the launch of a Disability Inclusion event: Diversity Sunday at The Kings Court. “Since we have over 27 million people living with disabilities in Nigeria, governments have to cater for them. But today in our own spaces and environments, we should start some thing for them not waiting for government.”
Akabueze added: “… The Kings Court welcomes everyone with disabilities with open arms. Though we are different, we are one in Christ…”
The event included celebrating diverse abilities of persons with disabilities through songs, dance, testimonies. On the occasion, 17 visually impaired persons received white canes from the church, free gifts packs for participants, among other foods and drinks.
Mr. Jake Epelle, chief executive officer and founder of Albino Association of Nigeria, relived his plight with Albinism. Among the negative ordeals are isolation, neglect, self-education, abuses, domestic accident, hurtful jests from school mates and society.
He encouraged the audience to read more about Albinism and special persons and to relate with them as humans beings created by God.
Pastor Dapo Fesayo, head of Protocol, observed that most persons are so engrossed with life challenges, families, finance and forget about people with disabilities around them and outside the church.
He thanked God for putting the Disability Inclusion drive into Pastor Akabueze ‘s mind. “God made us bright and beautiful; so we should love everyone regardless of colour, size, background or tribe.
There was an exhibition of crafts by persons with disabilities. Among them were Wesley Schools of the Hearing l and II, Federal Nigeria Society of the Blind, Bethesda Home for the Blind and African Craft Shop Nigeria.
Speaking, Mr. Kelly Blind, a radio OAP, urged governments to support persons with disabilities.
Mr Adebayo Muritala David, creative director at African Craft Shop Nigeria and a visually impaired man, urged the government to give scholarship to children of people with disabilities and empower others with vocational skills.