The First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has canvassed proper care of the elderly citizens by re;atives and well meaning members of the society.
Erelu Fayemi stated this on Monday in Ikere Ekiti at a brief ceremony to commence the burial rites for her adopted mother, Princess Jolaade Rachael Osho, who passed on Monday at the age of 110 years.
Mama Osho was one of the beneficiaries of the monthly food bank programme for elderly citizens in the state tagged “Onje Arugbo”, an initiative of the Office of the First Lady in Ekiti.
Erelu Fayemi advised relatives and members of the society to make deliberate efforts at caring for the aged in the society, adding that age is usually responsible for their fragile nature hence the need for the society and relatives to support and provide succour for them.
She frowned against the idea of avoiding old people and tagging them with negative names, citing Mama Osho’s story as an example.
She said: ‘ l celebrate the passing of my adopted mother, Princess Rachael Jolaade Osho. Mama lived a very long life and a fulfilled ending, ” she said.
Erelu Fayemi said “Mama Osho was singled out during the verification exercise for ‘Ounje Arugbo” in Ikere Ekiti. Mama was found living in a very poor condition which nobody pray for, we took her and cared for her until her last day on earth. Mama died with a song in her mouth“
The First Lady advised all that: ” We should be on the lookout for the elderly ones who are in the same position where mama Osho was found take care of them, especially those who have nobody to look after them.
Erelu Fayemi danced along with other women to the family home of Mama Osho with the photograph of the late woman.
She was accompanied by the State Woman Leader, Ikere Local Government Chairman and Vice Chair as well as State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua.