President Buhari has stated that the African culture of respecting elders has been eroded by western civilization.
The president stated this while delivering a speech during an ECOWAS regional political and economic union’s conference.
President Buhari was represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, George Akume.
He said “because of Western civilisation, our traditions that bestow honour and respect to the elderly are worsening.
“All Africans should hold unto that tradition because it is our duty to bring glory and honour to our elderly and we cannot sit back for others to do it for us.”
The president added “We need to wake up to the challenges of older persons in the region. We also need to collaborate and join efforts with other nations both local and international to fight for the rights of older persons globally.”
The president added that part of the measures he’s putting in place towards helping the elderly include the Senior Citizens Act of 2018.
“The Act serves to cater for the needs of the elderly; a harmonised pension scheme and a mandatory pre-retirement training.”
He added that the government is also working to ensure that other “benefits such as healthcare are subsidised.”