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Elders Day: Group urges immediate end to abuse against elders

By Ikenna Osuoha

Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), an Abuja-based NGO, called for an immediate end to all forms of abuse against the elderly in order to restore and preserve their dignity and well-being.

The group’s chief executive officer (CEO), Ms. May Ikokwu, made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

Ikokwu denounced the way some elders were treated in society, which she said undermined the dignity allegedly attached to the golden age.

She said “shamefully, there have been several cases of rape of older women, even in their 80s, by young men in their twenties.

“Today, many elders in our society are treated with the utmost contempt, reckless abandonment without any iota of love or consideration.

“For example, in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of the elderly die as a result of abuse, abandonment and
absence of caregivers.

The SOHI boss urged the government to ensure the swift return of those displaced to their home communities according to geriatrics, as they often suffered from mental imbalance when removed from their usual home.

Ikokwu expressed concern over the gradual disappearance of moral values ​​associated with love, care and respect for elders in society, calling for a return to the old tradition of respect and care for elders.

She added that the continued psychological and physical abuse of the elderly was not only an affront to their basic rights, but an imposition of the reign of cruelty against the elderly.

Ikokwu urged the younger generation to always treat the elders with love and care, regardless of the reason for the provocation.

She condemned the stereotype of elders as wizards or wizards in some communities, describing it as “barbaric and inhuman”.

She wondered how an old man or woman with underlying health issues such as dementia or amnesia could be called a sorcerer or sorcerer.
without any empirical evidence.

The director general of the NGO congratulated the federal government on the new board of directors of the Senior Citizens Center.

She added that “the rapid take-off of the center should facilitate the provision of care and attention to the elderly in society.”

NAN reports that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is celebrated on June 15 each year to bring the voices of abused and victimized older people to the table. (NAAN).

(NAN)

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