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We’re clean, more qualified for public offices, albinos insist

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Professor Douglas Anele

Vice Chairman of The Albino Foundation (TAF), Professor Douglas Anele, yesterday stated that persons living with albinism were more responsible and qualified to hold political offices in Nigeria.

He said his opinion was informed by the fact that no single albino had ever been arraigned before any court in the country for corruption or other criminal offences.

During a walk to commemorate the International Albinism Awareness Day in Abuja, Anele described these special people as morally sound and competent to take the nation to greater heights.

He hinted that the foundation was working hard for the participation and inclusiveness of albinos in the political process, adding that “nobody says that an albino person cannot be a governor or the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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The university teacher went on: “The fact that no albino has never been arraigned before a court for any criminal offence means that we are morally sound to handle the affairs of Nigeria. We are people that can be trusted with the requisite capacity.

“We are using this great opportunity to call on everyone across the globe to join hands with us in order to make sure that we live and contribute our quota to the development of civilisation, because we have what it takes intellectually, mentally, morally, academically and spiritually to live a meaningful life like other people.”

He called on the three tiers of government to key into the foundation’s mandate of making life better and meaningful for persons living with albinism

“As you can see, we are committed, we are determined, we are focused and we are disciplined and are determined to ensuring that children living with albinism are not disadvantaged in the classroom, by providing appropriate visual aids in order for them to improve their academic performances.

“We are also working to ensure that the era of stigmatisation, discrimination, rejection, exclusion of persons living with albinism be permanently put to an end. That is why we are insisting that the public must be part of this noble call,” the don added.

Earlier in his welcome address, founder of the foundation, Jake Epelle, regretted that the full potential of albinos had not been harnessed owing to age-long myths and misconceptions about them.

According to him, the wrong notion was responsible for parents not enrolling their wards in school, believing it is a waste of time.

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