By: Dan Phale*
The world chooses to classify and/or adress certain classes of people as very important persons (VIPs), Right Honourables, or Excellencies based on their respective positions and/or roles that have an impact on growth and development of mankind in various societies. But the system seems not to recognise a certain group of persons who are the most important on earth; and these are the elderly people.
Ironically some of the so-called VIPs are well known for bad manners and/or unjust acts such that they do not deserve these titles, not at all…!
For a moment let us look at all the best influence that we can get from the elderly people. They are very wise… They are the best custodians of moral and cultural values which, virtually, are the pillars of human life… Certainly, they have a vast experience of life on earth, hence know how to find solutions to challenges or problems.
It follows then that, to the best of my conscience, our grandparents should have been the first group of people to be given these titles… Why…? As a matter of fact every human being has a tap root of life, and the tap root is none other than one’s own grandparents. Without grandparents there would not be somebody’s parents, and similarly there would never be life. By virtue of the foregoing, I hereby grant everyone‘s grandparents a VIP status.
Contrary to the realities and/or expectations, it is very pathetic to note that nowadays many of us have labelled our grandparents as witches or wizards. Most of the elderly people are, now and again, accused of having a sorcery hand in somebody’s death, claims which have no factual basis at all… Worse than this is the fact that the elderly people are vulnerable to violent crimes in which some are brutally assaulted and/or murdered for offences which they did not commit. Suffice to mention herein that there are unscrupulous persons who just want to rob the aged people of their wealth, taking an advantage of their inability to defend themselves due to physical weakness.
- Should we say that it is an offence for a person to be well advanced in age…? If the answer is yes, then why do we feel afraid of premature death…? Why is it that many people want to grow old…?
It is high time everybody knew that superstition has the ardent potential to destroy the public peace. Let us protect our grandparents from any form of social injustices which come with mythical and unsubstantiated accusations of witchcraft. All the concerned parties should, therefore, maximize campaign against any kind of brutality perpetrated against the elderly people. The best approach is by enacting and/or implementing stiff laws in a bid to suppress such cruel, inhumane, and barbaric acts which violate the fundamental human rights of the elderly. Let us all unite to sustain law and order in our respective communities.
Elderly people are not witches nor wizards… Rather, they are the VIPs of all the human races in the world.