Award winning journalist, Mannaseh Azure, has clashed with Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the sad issue of ritual murder by two teenagers at Kasoa.

As reported by on Sunday, April 4, 2021, two teenagers have killed a 10-year old boy at Lamptey Mills, a suburb of Kasoa.

This has been the topic for discussion across the various social media platforms and has been trending ever since news of the sad incident broke out.

Several people across the nation have already added their voices to the various calls been made to prevent the reoccurrence of such unfortunate things.

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko of the NPP has also joined the already numerous people who are expressing their views on the issue.

According to Mr. Otchere-Darko, “there are over 5 million teenagers in Ghana. Two among the lot are accused of committing the shocking and abominable murder of a boy for alleged ritual purposes. However, we should go slow on suggesting that this somehow represents a horribly new phenomenon of moral decadence to do with some premature pursuit of greed that has suddenly gripped our society, destroying the innocence of our teenagers.”

He went ahead to stress further that “Ghanaian adolescents have not all of sudden started committing heinous crimes in search of quick cash. Let’s not use one isolated incident to suggest a phenomenon.”

Reacting to Mr. Otchere-Darko’s view, Manasseh Azure disagreed, using the recent increase in the number of teenagers involved in internet fraud, armed robbery and sports betting to argue his point.

According to Mr. Azure, “if you have followed the activities of internet fraudsters and some armed robbers who are arrested of late, you will be worried about the ages of the perpetrators. That aside, there is no denying the fact that greed and get-rich-quick are the attitudes sinking this nation.”

He went ahead to also say that “even if the main perpetrators aren’t children, they provide disturbing lessons to the children and youth who watch.”

According to Mannaseh, “wealth, irrespective of its source, is the ultimate decider in politics, religion and almost every sphere of our nation’s life. It’s a serious issue we should not downplay.”



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