The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has called on government to treat ‘quick money’ rituals in the country as a national security threat to safeguard lives and properties.
This comes after two teenage boys were remanded into police custody for allegedly killing a 10-year-old boy with an intention to use his body part for money rituals.
The suspects, Felix Nyarko, 16, and Nicholas Kini, 18, are alleged to have gruesomely murdered Ishmael Mensah Abdallah in an uncompleted building at Kasoa in the Central region.
Speaking during an interview with the media in Accra on Thursday, GCBC’s Vice President, Archbishop Philip Naameh regretted that the media played a role in influencing the teenagers by the kind of ritual content they used their medium to promote.
He said youth should not be exposed to certain information since at their age they are curios and could do anything, thus urged media to take second view at their content.
“We need to protect our youth from certain things. So some of what the media carries out there should be censored for the youth. Because if things like ‘how people can come by quick money’ is put out there they would want to experiment it.”
“And this means we have not taken enough precaution to evaluate what we are feeding to the minds of our young people [to a level that] they think about the possibility of killing someone in order to come by wealth is wrong,” Archbishop Naameh said.
Indicating what could be done to resolve this “national security threat”, the Archbishop called for the evaluation of religious leaders in the country.
He stated certain information by the ministers whether; Christian, Islamic or traditionalists can influence the youth into committing crimes.
“Religious ministers, whether they are Islamic, Christian or any other religion especially these days when people are declaring themselves to have a certain rank within the line of the religious Association.
“All that should be looked into, we cannot just throw anything out in the air and expert that our youth will not want to follow up on that,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) says the Kasoa murder incident involving two teenagers goes beyond being a national security threat.
In his view, Ghana as a country needed to redefine its values, principles and ethics to prevent a reoccurrence of the act.