President Muhammadu Buhari got love from a man in a wheelchair when he visited Enugu State on Thursday. 

A day before that visit, the President signed the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill into law.

The Act now makes common discrimination against persons with disabilities in Nigeria a criminal offence.

He had visited Enugu State for his presidential campaign rally and right there at the venue of the event, a man in a wheelchair handed him a portrait of him apparently in appreciation of his decision to sign to bill into law.

Disability bill gift for Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari had at an interactive session some days ago said he had not seen the Bill, but comments followed that claim, with people reminding him that it had been lying unattended to in his office. 

'Why People With Disability Are Happy'

The Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act would see corporate entities and individuals face excruciating sanctions if found guilty of discriminating against persons with impairments, according to Ita Enang, the president’s National Assembly liaison who announced the assent on Wednesday night.  

“This Act prohibits all forms of discrimination on ground of disability and imposes fine of 1,000,000 Naira for corporate bodies and 100,000 Naira for individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation concurrently.

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It guarantees right to maintain civil action for damage by the person injured against any defaulter.

It provides for a five-year transitional period within which public buildings, structures or automobile are to be modified to be accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, including those on wheelchairs", Enang said.

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