Monday, 10 December 2012

Human Rights Day

Today, the 10th day of December, is Human Rights Day all over the world. Exactly a week ago, 3rd December was International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme for International Day of Persons With Disabilities was "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all" and that of the Human Rights Day was/is "Inclusion and the Right to Participate in Public Life".

Together, the themes send out a strong message to the world how important it is to include Persons With Disabilities and integrate them into the full fabric of the society. They are part and parcel regardless of the misconceptions of those who fail to understand that the article 1 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that " All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights".

Last week's so-called 'celebrations' in Nigeria were mired in scandal. It is enough in Nigeria that the general society is corrupt. But when the umbrella association of Persons With Disabilities are corrupt?! What and how does one begin to wonder why a certain group of exco officials in that organisation will use their position of responsibility to milk other Persons With Disabilities dry and abet corruption to worsen the suffering of the 'voiceless'? Highly troubling. Someone who would ordinarily be at someone else's mercy, would have no qualms to keep many others at his/her own mercy! Presently, a number of concerned shareholders have decided to take matters up to ensure that those people are not given the chance to continue to destroy other people's lives.

I know that today's post is very brief and I ask that you overlook its brevity. would prefer to translate what I have left unsaid into action. Comments and suggestions to unhoist mean people of little or no integrity is highly welcome