Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), an Abuja-based Non-Government Organization (NGO),
has reiterated calls for care for the elderly in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the group, Ms May Ikokwu, made the call in an interview with the Abuja365.
Ikokwu, who spoke in commemoration of the 2023 International Older Persons Day with the theme: “Fulfilling the Promises
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons”, said older persons deserve optimal care.
She advised Nigerians, especially youths, to always show love to the elderly, adding that the elderly should be given equal
attention like other persons in the society.
She added that “this is the time the society should jettison attitude of ageism that tend to discriminate against older persons.
“We should use this opportunity to review our perceptions about the elderly, by showing them love and care, we can do it many
She decried the rampant dehumanisation against older persons, and warned against profiling of some older persons as witches and wizards.
She condemned what she described as “barbaric and obnoxious culture that promote deliberate harm of older persons” and sued for
societal tolerance and love for older persons who display attitudes associated with aging.
According to her, sometimes older persons may misbehave as a result of dementia and other health factors, but instead of profiling them,
people should care for them.
Abuja365 reports that International Older Persons Day is an annual celebration on Oct. 1 to recognise the contributions
of senior persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.