Group advocates increased love, care for grandparents

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By Ikenna Osuoha

An Abuja-based NGO, Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), on Tuesday called for increased love and care for grandparents.

SOHI Chief Executive Officer, Ms May Ikokwu, made the call in Abuja while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in commemoration of 2023 World Grandparents Day.

Ikokwu said love and care for the elderly were necessary to enable elderly persons escape from loneliness and depression.

“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 to understand that they are loved and appreciated by their grandchildren and other younger people’’, she said.

The SOHI CEO urged younger people to regularly check on their grandparents and other elderly people around them.

Ikokwu described Grandparents Day as an opportunity to tap into the grace of longevity by supporting the elderly.

“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,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World Grandparents day is marked annually on Sept. 12.

The theme for the 2023 World Grandparents and Elderly Day is: ”His mercy is from age to age”

The day meant to celebrate and acknowledge the roles of grandparents and elderly people in the upbringing of the younger generation.(NAN) (

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Edited by Azubuike Okeh/Uche Anunne

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