Tinubu @72: Persons With Disabilities in Nigeria Celebrates Asiwaju


…describes him as a lover of less privileged

By Joy Imisi

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been described as a leader who has passion for the welfare and betterment of the less privileged in the society.

This description was made by the community of Persons With Disabilities in Nigeria on Friday while celebrating and felicitating with the President on the occasion of his 72nd birthday.

The PWDs, who gathered at the Unity Fountain at the heart of Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Good Friday, commended President Tinubu for his humanity, caring passion and commitment to the welfare of Persons With Disabilities in Nigeria.

According to them, though President Tinubu had issued a directive dissuading people from celebrating him on this year’s birthday, however being overwhelmed with joy for what Mr President has achieved for the community within the very short time he has been in office, they cannot afford not to celebrate him.

Speaking with journalists, Mrs Glory Moses, a Person With Disability on wheelchair, said: “We are extremely overwhelmed with joy with what our leader, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has done for us particularly in the area of inclusivity but we urge them to do more.

“He has provided jobs for Persons With Disabilities. He gave us palliatives to help us reduce the effect of the economic hardship on our people. We appreciate him. We prayed that God will continue to bless and keep him.”

Also speaking, Mr Stanley Onyebuchi, President of Nigerian Association for the Blind, NAB, eulogised the President “for appointing one of us as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Needs and Equal Opportunities.”

Mr Onyebuchi urged the President to do more by issuing a presidential directive that will facilitate easy implementation of the National Disability Act particularly in the area of employment for persons with disabilities.

He called for increased funding to the National Commision for Persons With Disabilities and budgetary allocation to the office of SSAP, while also urging Mr President to increase the percentage of social interventions to PWDs.

The event, which was facilitated by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Needs and Equal Opportunities in collaboration with Queen Adenike Tejuosho Foundation, was done in the spirit of Good Friday and Easter celebrations to commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In his address, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Needs and Equal Opportunities, Comrade Mohammed Abba Isa, who was ably represented by his Director Media and Communications, Lanre Oloyede, stated that under the visionary leadership of President Tinubu, the PWDs in Nigeria have witnessed remarkable strides in the areas of promoting accessibility, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, and creating an environment where every individual can thrive regardless of their circumstances.

Comrade Abba Isa maintained that President Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and equal opportunities for all, including those with special needs, has been truly commendable.

The Senior presidential aide added that President Tinubu’s impact extends far beyond politics; it resonates deeply with the core values of compassion, empathy, and unity that define our nation.

Comrade Abba Isa commended Queen Adenike Tejuosho Foundation and the founder for their immense contributions to the development and well-being of the less privileged in the country particularly Persons With Disabilities.

Addressing journalists at the event, the founder of Queen Adenike Tejuosho Foundation, Dr Halimat Adenike Tejuosho, expressd gratitude to President Tinubu for creating enabling environment for Persons With Disabilities to thrive in the country.

She also commiserated with the President over the death of 17 soldiers and officers in Delta community while on a peace keeping mission.

Dr. Tejuosho disclosed that her passion to see the vulnerable and under-priviledged people live a better life is the drive behind her foundation’s support and interventions programmes.

She stated that she decided to support the community of Persons With Disabilities with the birthday celebration in order to make them feel happy since it is their desire to celebrate the President on that day.