Sen. Eze Ajoku, President, Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older People in Nigeria (COSROPIN) on Tuesday said all forms of discrimination against older people were violations of their rights.
He explained that older people had the same rights with any other citizen of Nigeria, urging an end to various discriminations against the senior citizens.
“The fact that you are above 60 years, does not mean that your faculties are no longer functional. Ageism is a discrimination because it only tends to derogate and deprive our rights’’, Ajoku said.
Ajoku also emphasised the need for equality among the citizenry, which he said was ideal in a free and democratic society.
He said thousands of older people were subjected to trauma, humiliation and discrimination by the society, which led to the death of many.