By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
As the world marks the world international -zero -discrimination- day, an international interfaith specialist Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani has called on Africans, Arab, and Europeans to shun all forms of differences and descrimination based on Physical appearance, Invisible Disability, race, Name discrimination, ethnic, religion, norms and cultural difference in order to move the world forward.
According to her Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated globally on 1 March every year, with the aims to raised awareness on the importance of tolerating each other irrespective of tribe, culture and ,continent, so that everyone lives life with dignity regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, skin colour, height, weight, regional difference.
Ramatu who is the founder of the foundation for the protection of women and children in Nigeria, and spealist on Peace and conflict resolution in Africa stressed the importance of uniting the people and promoting the culture of tolerance, peace building, betterstanding among different faith based organization across the continent.
She added that they must join hand together with every one without looking at his tribe, culture and religion ,race and color to end discrimination world wide in order to make the world a living place for everyone. “Infact, discrimination among human destroy the world, hence, the need to shun racism, differences among nations”. “We kicked against discriminating persons with disabilities, Hiv/Aids, corona virus, and other diseases”. “We kicked against discrimination based on religion, race and ,ethnicity”, she stated.
She appealed to Nigerians and all 54 countries of Africa to shun all forms of discrimination in all aspect of lives, while calling on all stake holders which include traditional title holders, Religious leaders, interfaith mediation center, state and federal Government non –governmental organization and civil society organization that promote peace and unity ,to equally make used of the international day through sensitizing the general public on the need to be law abiding citizens.
The specialist called on media organization to create more programme which would educate citizens on ways to live with one another irrespective of his religion , tribe and cultural disharmony.
“We are created by one God and we are both from Adams and Eve, we must stop stigmatising, discriminating and showing difference among human being”
Additionally, she called on Human right organization to take more campaign to schools and tertiary institutes to sensitises youth’s and children so as to educate young ones the importance of unity, love and forgiveness.
“The symbol of Zero Discrimination Day is the butterfly. Firstly, on 1 March, 2014 the UN had celebrated this day”, She said.
Accordingly to her, her organization is taking the campaign to holy places of worship, football view center, among others.