A sociologist and a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Sampson Obed Appiah has blamed Ghanaian parents and the National Media Comission for the rise in ritual murder in the country.
Speaking on Morning Update on TV XYZ Tuesday morning, Dr Appiah, who was reacting to an alleged ritual killing at Kasoa in the Central Region over the weekend, blamed the reluctance of parents to question the source of their wards wealth to such acts.
The two teenagers, Felix Nyarko Anane and Nicholas Kini, are standing trial for their role in the murder of the eleven year old for alleged rituals.
But Dr Appiah believes the family in recent times has neglected its watchdog role, leading to the love for money among the Ghanaian youth.
“So what we saw over the weekend is a breakdown of our family values. It should tell you the kind of values we are inculcating into our children,” Dr Appiah told co-host Nana Abena Serwaa.
Explaining why parents should be blamed aside religious bodies, the lecturer explained, “the family is the agency that socialises us into the other institutions… So a break down in the family system affects all other aspects of society. so if there is a breakdown in family values you’ll see that it affects the religious institution, if there is a break down in the family institution, it affects the political institution.”
He concluded by saying “Most patrents in society are interested in our career, our professions rather than trying to teach our children socialisation. There is a missing link because the extended family system is broken.”
Meanwhile, the accused teenagers have been remanded in police custody by an Ofaakor District Court. They are to re-appear in court on April 20,2021.
The court presided over by her worship Rosemond Vera Ocloo on Tuesday April 6 granted an appeal by the police to carry out further investigations into the matter.