OrderPaperToday- A group of disabled Nigerian persons under the National Disability Empowerment Forum (NADEF), have endorsed the candidature of Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 Presidential election.
“25 million Nigerians living with disability are solidly behind you come 2019,’ the forum said in the letter signed by its President, Dr. Christopher Nwanoro.
“Your Excellency, we pray that the Almighty God will reward you greatly for your heart of gold towards people living with disabilities and humanity in general,” Nwanoro wrote.
Nwanoro, who is blind and is a beneficiary of Atiku’s scholarship scheme that saw him through his postgraduate studies, described the gesture as “another demonstration of Atiku’s love towards persons living with disability.”
The group commended Atiku for the N10million donation which enabled its members participate in the Amputee Football World Cup recently. They noted that before the gesture from Atiku, the government had neglected them for a long period of time.
“It will be recalled that on Oct. 22, 2018, a day to the commencement of the championship, NADEF and the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) made a presentation to Atiku seeking his financial support to enable the team travel to Mexico for the championship, a request which the former Vice President obliged with the donation of N10 million,” the group announced.