The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) has mourned the passing of the first president of the association, Barrister Danlami Basharu, who’s sad event took place on the 7th of June 2023.
In a press statement released on Wednesday, immediately after receiving news of his death, the National President of the association, Abdullahi A. Usman consoled with everyone who shared in the grief, following the passing of late Barrister Danlami Bashiru.
Travelling down memory lane, Usman said “Basharu was the former Chairperson, Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
“Barrister Bashiru Danlami was from Taraba state and was a Lagos-based lawyer and legal practitioner.
“Virtually, all his growing up was in Lagos state as he had to leave for the school of the blind at the age of 4, leaving his parents behind in the north. He also attended Kings College in Lagos.
“He worked in NTA for 12 years before deciding to set up the NGO (Anglo Nigeria Welfare Association for the Blind) as a senior producer of programmes and I also worked in Radio Nigeria producing one of their frontline programmes ‘behind the barrier.’ In the late 80s and early 90s, that was Radio Nigeria 2, in Martins street, Lagos.
“He was an exceptional leader who never shied away from advocating for the rights of all persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.
“He was happily married for over 20 years. He will be greatly missed.” Usman said.