By Abayomi Adeshida, Abuja
The president-elect of the United States, Vice President Joseph Biden, has been urged to consider the return of the world-renowned Humanitarian Administrator.
Judy Heumann as Chief of the Office for International Disability Rights at the Department of State to ensure the full confidence of more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide in the promise of the Biden Presidency to return to the United States to recover his leadership throughout the world among all peoples, regardless of race, tribe or creed.
The State Department’s Office for the Rights of Persons with International Disabilities under the Obama / Biden presidency provided an interface between the US government and countries seeking to domesticate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well like other diaspora relations interventions.
Speaking with from Texas about how Nigeria can position itself to reap the full benefits of the presidency from Joe Biden, the president of the International Incorporation of Equal Rights for People with Disabilities, Chief Eric Ufom argued that it was a consensus among advocates of the disability rights globally to bring Judy Heumann back to the helm of international disability rights issues at the State Department once it reopens.
When asked why this was a popular opinion among global stakeholders, Chief Ufom said: “If President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can bring Judy Heumann back to the Rights Office Persons with Disabilities Internationals in the State Department, that unique appointment will help the United States finish what it began under the Obama / Biden presidency for more than thirty-one million Nigerians and more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide. the world.
“President Obama and Vice President Biden, through former Secretary of State Senator Hillary Clinton, established the Office for the Rights of Persons with International Disabilities headed by Judy Heumann.
“Judy was a humanitarian administrator who successfully used the office to establish new friends for the United States and strengthened existing ties with people where she helped reach out American hands of hope to the desperate around the world.
“For example, he did everything we asked him to do, including arranging meetings with high-profile US government officials during our diplomatic meetings and his efforts resulted in Nigerian steps to begin implementing the United Nations Convention. on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan signed and ratified this important convention with its optional protocol attached on March 30, 2007 and September 24, 2010, respectively, under Nigeria’s implementation of the UN Charter and its treaty that Nigeria also signed and ratified on October 7, 1960.
“Vice President Joe Biden’s declaration as president-elect to be sworn in on January 20, 2021 was a great response to the prayers of people with disabilities globally because we believe that a Biden presidency would reopen the Office of International Disabilities Rights in the US State Department, of course, headed by Judy Heumann.
“In his initial reaction to his victory as the 46th President of the United States of America, Vice President Joe Biden declared his intentions to regain American leadership around the world, which includes disability-related issues.
“Therefore, bringing Judy Heumann back to the Office for International Disability Rights at the State Department will help Biden succeed in regaining America’s roles in Disability in Nigeria and around the world.
“We were all surprised when President Donald Trump closed the office as soon as he took over the leadership of the US government and that momentary hiatus had caused a major setback to the office’s benefits for more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. . .
“When President Trump announced the closure of the Office, which provided direct support to us, as well as many teams in the diaspora, we felt the huge gap created because it was the support of the office under Judy Heumann that we used to bring great success stories for thirty years. one million Nigerians with disabilities.
“It showed that we made huge profits from Judy and her office as a result, we had a valid example of the reasons for bringing her and her department back to finish what they started.
“Having experienced the enthusiasm with which she worked with us and the areas we cover under her, we firmly believe that with her returning to the office with a new vigor to do more, we would need little to no effort to continue to enjoy herself to the fullest. US government assistance to help us build a very strong foundation for our newly established National Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“This our Commission was made possible thanks to the help of Judy Heumann, the Office for International Disability Rights of the US Department of State and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” Chief Ufom said during the talk.