Albino Foundation in Ekiti State has called on the National Assembly to enact a law that would banish all forms of discriminations against people living with albinism in Nigeria.
The body called on the incoming administration of Gen Muhammadu Buhari to place high premium on how to maintain an egalitarian society that would prevent discrimination based on colour and biological composition against the members of the Foundation.
In a paper presented yesterday in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital at an event organised by the foundation, former Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Muyiwa Igbalajobi, said the law would help in mainstreaming albinos in the Nigerian society.
The body said the challenges being confronted in terms of discrimination in the areas of employment, marriage, etc are killing the potentials of members and reducing them to beggars in the Nigerian society.
Prof. Igbalajobi noted that the law should outrightly bar the menace of discrimination and criminalise the stigmatisation of the sufferers as inferior beings that should be subjected to all forms of dehumanisation.
He said: “There is urgent need for the National Assembly for the passage of a bill into law that would mainstream albinism into the Nigerian family system.
“This law will assist the albinos in the areas of employment, welfare packages, and prevent regular discrimination and stigmatisation these people are facing in Nigeria.
“It will also help in the participation of albinos in the socio-economic and political programmes. There is the desire by albinos to be involved in programmes by local, state and federal governments of Nigeria.
“This involvement will encourage mutual integration between the albinos and the general public and remove all negative tendencies and impressions about them”.
Igbalajobi urged the group to continue to mobilise its members to have formal education, describing this as the most potent instrument that would make them relevant in the country.
The Ekiti State Coordinator of the group, Com Muyiwa Abegunde and a Director, Ministry of Agriculture and a leader of the Albino Foundation, Dr Ebenezer Ogunlade , appealed to the government at all levels to look into the prevalence of albinism in Nigeria for proper policy formulation.
Abegunde lamented how some of the sufferers are being deprived of education, even by their own parents on account of the status of member and health challenges confronting them, particularly the prevalent skin cancer.
He called on the Federal Government to design a special healthcare and education systems for the group to solve all forms of health hazards bedeviling the members.

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