The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities(NCPWD) has solicited for the support of traditional and religious leaders to help stop discrimination against persons living with disabilities(PWDs).
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, James Lalu while speaking at a national summit for religious and traditional leaders in Nigeria, in Abuja said religious center plays an important role in the life of Persons with Disabilities
Lalu Seeked for the inclusion and encouragement of persons with disabilities in churches and mosques so they can also be leaders in this section, noting that as members of the society, they also have crucial roles to play.
He urged the religious leaders to ensure that greater advocacy is made within the institutions to afford PWDs the opportunity to worship.
The President, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) Daniel Okoh stated that efforts at creating awareness on disabilities inclusiveness will be very instrumental in shifting negative perception and stigma against them.
Okoh stressed the need for transformative approach to solve the challenge of discrimination against persons with disabilities.
Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar said that disability is a challenge from God, hence the need to put an end to discrimination against Persons with Disabilities.