09 December 2020 by MATHEW AYOOLA
As the Global Community marks Human Rights Day, the Coalition of Societies For The Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria has called for measures that will effectively guard against abuse of rights of older people in the Country .
The President of the Coalition, Senator Eze Ajoku made the call in Abuja while speaking with newsmen on this year’s Human Rights Day
Senator Ajoku who expressed concern over various cases of abuse of rights of some older persons in the Country said necessary modalities should be put in place by Government towards protecting their rights.
He stated that some older persons across the Country have in recent times been faced with incidents of rape, accusations of witchcraft, non payment of pensions, stigmatization among others.
The President who expressed concern over the attitude of some people to older persons in their families advised Nigerians to always respect and treat them with dignity in the society.
Senator Ajoku equally stressed the need for good medical care and regular payment of pensions of older people to enhance their welfare.
“There over 14 million older persons in Nigeria who needed adequate attention, care, welfare and government support for better and improved living conditions” Senator Ajoku stated.
According to him, the Coalition will continue to embark on programmes to promote better welfare for older persons in the society.
He therefore advised Nigerians to always show love, care and affection to aged people to enable them have a sense of belonging in the society.