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Patience Jonathan advocates for the disabled

15 August 2013, 15:11

Abuja - Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday said that people living with disabilities should be motivated to realise their potential.

Jonathan made the call during a dinner in honour of three first ladies who are in Abuja to attend the National Women for Peace Rally.

They are Kim Simplis of Belize, Prof. Khadijat Hamdi of Saharawi Peoples Republic and Nompumelelo Zuma of South Africa.

Jonathan said that if the physically challenged were encouraged, they would reach their full potential and contribute their quota to nation building.

“There is ability in disability. The Almighty God that created the disabled persons also provided them with the talent and skills to live a fulfilled life.”

“We must, therefore, continue to motivate them to overcome their disabilities and launch themselves into greatness,” she said.

She mentioned some famous people who conquered their disabilities to achieve greatness.

Simplis of Belize said she was humbled by the reception she received and the dinner in her honour.

“This is my first visit to Africa and I know Nigeria would be my gateway in my future visits.”

“I will see to it that Belize starts a Women's Day to celebrate the achievement of women in the country,” she said.

Hamdi of Saharawi expressed her appreciation for the support given to her country by Nigeria.

“I consider myself a part of the Nigerian and South African family because the two countries are dear to the hearts of the Saharawi women.”

The wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Sambo, female ministers, legislators and wives of top government functionaries attended the dinner.

-    NAN


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