Dagomo, a foundation that pursues the rights of older persons has given its own list of rights for the persons
1. The right to participate in good governance.
2. The right to freedom from discrimination and abuse.
3. The right to good health care and supporting infrastructure.
4. The right to be loved and to be cared for.
5. The right to companionship.
6. The right to be recognized for contributions to society
7. The right to share their experiences and stories so that we all learn from history
The rights were released by the Chief Programme Officer of Dagomo, Ifueko M Omoigui Okauru, on the occasion of the day for older persons, incidentally the anniversary of Nigeria as an independent nation.
According to her, the 2018 theme for Oct 1, is: “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions“.
She adds: “DAGOMO Foundation uses this occasion to celebrate and acknowledge the legacies of the great human rights activist for older persons late Ambassador Julia Álvarez – “The ambassador of ageing” in whose honor, the world today sets aside October 1st as world older persons day.
“We recognize her unrelenting efforts towards the fight for the rights of older persons globally.
“DAGOMO draws inspiration from her works as we continue our advocacy for the rights of all older persons in Nigeria and the world at large.”
She congratulated Nigeria on her 58th Independence Anniversary.
Dagomo noted: “Age may wrinkle the skin, but to give up hope wrinkles the soul.”