A group of Nigerians in Sierra Leone, called the Yoruba Progressive Association, YPA, Saturday marked their country’s independence anniversary visiting aged people at the King George VI Coronation Home on Lower Parssonage Street, Shell.
The leader of the aged people, Ms Joyce Dugan, thanked the YPA delegation for choosing to visit on October 1st which coincides with the marking of the international day of the elderly.
The YPA Chief Patron, Elder Akintokun said in a statement, “We are here today because Nigeria is marking its independence. This year, we at YPA unanimously agreed to extend our celebration by visiting the aged people and to give them gifts as a token of our love for them.”
Some of the gifts presented include four 50kg bags of rice, two bags of onion, two bags of sugar, two gallons of groundnut oil, two packets of laundry soap, and much more.
He added, “The visit is not to sympathize with you, but to show love and cherish our older ones. Though some may say you are old and thereby consider you as analogue, don’t be deterred. Rather, say to them that it is the analogue that gave birth to the digital.”
The Secretary General of YPA, Olusegun Israel Ogundeji, added that the presentation of gifts is a demonstration of the Nigerian friendliness to Sierra Leone and its people. “These gifts mean a lot to us. Despite the security debacles we experienced in our country recently, we still deem it fit to share in the celebration of the independence of our beloved Nigeria with the aged. It says a lot.”
Akintokun said the YPA members are Yoruba people who have been doing legitimate businesses in Sierra Leone for between ten and sixty years.