Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has condemned the rising “elderly-witch” syndrome where the aged are abandoned and dubbed as witches by the younger generation in the state.
Emmanuel said this in Uyo while speaking as the guest of honour at the birthday thanksgiving and book presentation by Mkpisong Ememobong Essien, who celebrated his 80th birthday
According to the governor, such acts of abandoning the elderly under the pretext of witchcraft can only deny the welfare and care they rightly deserve.
“It is disheartening to see some children dubb their aged parents as witches. The same parents who took care of them all through their youthful age.”, the Governor lamented.
Emmanuel who was represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, chided youngsters who have failed in their responsibilities of fending for their aged parents and the elderly around them and urged members of the society to take a cue from the children of Mkpisong Ememobong Essien who have proved themselves as role models in the care for their aged parents as demonstrated in the luxurious 80th birthday celebration for their father.
He congratulated Mkpisong Ememobong Essien on his 80th birthday, describing him as one of those strong pillars behind the birth of Akwa Ibom State and the progenitor of the Akwa Ibom Elderly Citizens Assembly, a group that has championed the cause of the elderly in the society.
The celebrant, Mkpisong Ememobong Essien, who is the father of the state commissioner of Information, Ini Ememobong, expressed thanks to God for keeping him alive to see his children and grandchildren.
He also exhibited great joy and happiness for the large crowd of friends and people that turned up to celebrate with him as he marks his 80th birthday.
Speaking, one of the sons of Mkpisong Ememobong Essien, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong expressed thanks to God for the life of their father who within his years on earth has been an evangelist, preacher, counsellor, psychologist, disciplinarian, and mentor to so many.
He said the strict discipline life of their father made them what they are today and gave a sounding ovation to his father, Mkpisong Ememobong Essien, as he clocks 80 and wished him many fruitful years in good health.