Home Disability News Disability Advocate appeals Pastors, Imams to make Services Accessible in Kogi, Nigeria

Disability Advocate appeals Pastors, Imams to make Services Accessible in Kogi, Nigeria

by Sejoro Ekundayo

A disability rights advocate, Ibrahim Daniel Arome, has appealed to pastors and imams to make their services accessible to people with disabilities in Kogi State in particular and Nigeria in general.

The former Board Chairman of Kogi State Office for Disability Affairs (KOSODA) made the appeal in a statement released through his verified social media on Monday.

According to Arome, “in the spirit of bringing all men and women to salvation, an instruction from the holy books was clear, “Go preach the gospel to all men unto salvation.”

Arome called on clergymen to “create ramps, handrails, and elevators for Christians and Muslims with mobility impairments who use wheelchairs and crutches.”

He tasked them to hire sign language interpreters for Deaf Christians and Muslims.

The disability advocate also called for establishment of a caregivers unit in Churches and Mosques for the visually impaired (blind) Christians and Muslims who come to worship.

Arome reminded clergymen, “there is no disability in the afterlife, and we will all face the same judgment.”

He urged them to create an enabling environment for all to serve God.

“And do not let your actions make us feel discriminated against. Disability is already painful; do not add more pain to our experiences.

“Refusal to comply is not only a sin but also a violation of the Disability Rights Act in Nigeria. Please refer to the Kogi State Accessibility Standard Code for guidance on building ramps and handrails in your Churches and Mosques.” He said

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