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 discrimination, based on physical appearance, invisible disability, race, name discrimination, ethnic, religious, norms and cultural differences, in order to move the world forward.
According to her, Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated globally, on 1st March every year, with the aims to raise 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 differences.
Ramatu, who is founder of the ‘Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria’ and specialist on Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa, stressed the importance of uniting the people and promoting the culture of tolerance, peace building, better understanding among different faith-based organizations across the continent.
She added that they must join hands together with every one without looking at his tribe, culture and religion, race and color to end discrimination worldwide, in order to make the world a living place for everyone.
“In fact, discrimination among humans destroys the world; hence, the need to shun racism, differences among nations. We kick against discriminating persons with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, corona virus, and other diseases. We kick 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 aspects of life, while calling on all stakeholders, which include traditional title holders, religious leaders, interfaith mediation center, state and federal governments, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations that promote peace and unity to equally make use of the international day through sensitizing the general public on the need to be law-abiding citizens.
The specialist called on media organizations to create more programmes, which would educate citizens on ways to live with one another (in harmony), irrespective of his religion, tribe and cultural disharmony.
“We are created by one God, and we are both from Adam and Eve; we must stop stigmatizing, discriminating and showing differences among human beings,” she asserted.
Additionally, she called on Human Rights organizations to take more campaigns to schools and tertiary institutes to sensitize youths and children so as to educate young ones on 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 viewing centers, among others.