A passionate call was on Tuesday in Abuja made for increased love and care for grandparents. Ms May Ikokwu, Chief Executive Officer of an Abuja-based NGO, Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), made the call in Abuja while speaking on the commemoration of 2023 World Grandparents Day.
Ikokwu said love and care for the elderly were necessary to enable them escape from loneliness and depression.
Said she: “We should understand that grandparents can feel lonely when they get older, especially when they live on their own.
“So it is important to make them understand that they are loved and appreciated by their grandchildren and other younger people’’.
Urging younger people to regularly check on their grandparents and other elderly people around them, the SOHI CEO described Grandparents Day as an opportunity to tap into the grace of longevity by supporting the elderly.
Explained Ikoku: “The day is a perfect opportunity for young people to be more aware of the roles grandparents played in their education and character moulding.
“It is a day for us to show our respect and gratitude to the elderly, a day to honour them and renew our care for them”.
The World Grandparents day is marked annually on September 12.
The theme for the 2023 World Grandparents and Elderly Day is, ”His mercy is from age to age”.
The day is meant to celebrate and acknowledge the roles of grandparents and elderly people in the upbringing of the younger generation.