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Religious leaders task govt, traditional rulers on protection of persons with Abinism

Religious leaders have tasked the Edo State Government and traditional rulers on protection of persons with albinism. They made the call in Benin, Edo capital,…

Religious leaders have tasked the Edo State Government and traditional rulers on protection of persons with albinism.

They made the call in Benin, Edo capital, during a sensitization workshop for religion and traditional leaders on tackling myths and superstitions belief associated with people with Albinism.

The workshop, which took place this weekend, was organised by the Initiative for Advancement of the Albinism Cause (INAAC) and funded by Nigeria Women Trust Fund.

Speaking during the programme, the Chief Iman of Benin, Abdulfatai Enabulele, attributed the discrimination against persons with albinism to tradition and custom.

He said Islam does not discriminate against people, including persons with albinism, seeking more engagements with traditional rulers, who are the custodian of custom and traditions.

On his part. Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Eromosele, a Christian cleric, said the state government was not doing enough in protecting the persons with albinism in the society.

According to him, Albinism is a form of deformity that warrant no stigmatization and discrimination, as persons with albinism are expression of the distributive power of nature and should not be discriminated against.

However, Dr.Georgina Eromosele of the Edo State Gender Based Violence center, said the government was against all form of discrimination and violence against any person.

Earlier, INAAC Executive Director, Joy Obehi Odigie, lamented that the stigmatization and discrimination against persons with albinism was affecting them in achieving their potentials.

She said the workshop was to meant to sensitize religious and traditional leaders on the eradication of harmful myths and superstitions associated with albinism with a view to preventing gender based violence against women, girls and children with albinism.

“We must work together towards creating a society that not only accepting people with albinism but also actively celebrates their uniqueness and diversity and also stand against discrimination and harmful practices against them,” she said.

While lamenting the absence of traditional rulers at the event, she said religious and traditional leaders, must all work towards creating a more compassionate, inclusive and just society every one valued.

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