Dame Jonathan Advocates Support For People With Disabilities

People living with disabilities should be “motivated to realise their potentials,” Dame Patience Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria, noted while hosting a dinner dedicated to honour three other First Dames who came to Abuja to attend the National Women for Peace Rally.

patience_jonathan_218541741They three First Ladies are Mrs Kim Simplis of Belize, Prof. Khadijat Hamdi of Saharawi Peoples Republic and Mrs Nompumelelo Zuma of South Africa.

Mrs Jonathan said that if the physically challenged people were encouraged, they would reach their full potentials 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 skill to live a fulfilled life. We must, therefore, continue to motivate them to overcome their disabilities and launch themselves into greatness,” she said, mentioning some famous names of people who conquered their disabilities to achieve greatness.

Mrs Simplis of Belize said she was humbled by the reception accorded her by her Nigerian counterpart 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 to Africa. I will see to it that Belize starts a Women’s Day to celebrate the achievement of women in the country”, she said.

Mrs Hamdi of Saharawi expressed 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.”

Also present at the dinner were the wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Sambo, female ministers, legislators and wives of top government functionaries.


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