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Kasoa ritual killing calls for concern

BY: Siegfried Kojo Yankah and Isaac Konton Asare
Sheikh Abdul Malik leading prayers for Ishmael Mensah Abdallah

Dear Editor, The recent killing of a 10-year-old boy, Ishmael Mensah Abdallah, at Kasoa by two teenagers for ritual purposes calls for concern.

It is just mind-blowing how a young boy should die in such a gruesome manner.

Similarly, the fact that he was killed by those two teenagers just because they want to become wealthy is upsetting.

Did these boys even shed a tear while doing this to somebody they called their friend?

The ritual killing of this boy for the purpose of becoming rich has caused many people to raise issues with regard to the kind of programmes children watch on television.

On various social media sites and the news, people have said the callous act of the teenagers is the result of the bad programmes on television that children watch and I agree with them.

The youth easily believe what they watch on television - excessive violence, getting rich through spiritual means, killing people for money, etc.

The next moment, they act what they see. This is why it is important for parents to ensure that they monitor the kind of programmes their children watch on television and even on the internet.

Children are also encouraged to stay away from programmes that will not help in their spiritual well-being or their education.

They should also understand that it is not everything they see on television or the internet that is real, and that is why they should not believe them.

Again, children should be careful in their selection of friends.

If the people we walk with are bad, they can influence us negatively or land us into trouble. Little Ishmael was killed by people whom he thought were his friends.

The saying goes that show me your friend and I will show you your character.

We also take this opportunity to appeal to the government to provide more and better job opportunities for people, especially the youth so that they will not be attracted to such juju-making things.

The death of the small boy is indeed a very sad story and we express our condolences to the family, especially his parents.

The youth should also remember that riches come from hard work, not from spiritual dealings.

Siegfried Kojo Yankah and Isaac Konton Asare,
University Primary School,
Cape Coast.

Provide streetlights on our roads

Fix street lights on our roads and repair those that are faulty.

Dear Editor, I wish to use this opportunity to express my views on the importance of street lights.

Today, on some major streets and suburbs in the cities and towns, either there are no street lights or where they have, they are not functioning.

This is disturbing considering their importance on our roads. Aside the fact that they lighten up our roads and help us to see the beauty and landscape of our roads, street lights help to prevent accidents.

This is so because they help drivers to see the roads clearly. For instance, if there are broken down vehicles, they help them to see.

Similarly, if pedestrians are crossing the road, the street lights help the drivers to see them and avoid hitting them.

Aside these, they prevent crimes. Thieves and armed robbers operate in darkness. When our streets are properly lit with lights, these thieves and armed robbers would feel uncomfortable to engage in their activities because they will know someone could be watching.

Considering all these, I plead with the government and institutions concerned to fix street lights on our roads and for those that are not functioning, they should replace them immediately.

Comfort Koomson,
Winneba Sankor.