The late Wasihu Idrisu
The family of Wasihu, who was slain when one National Democratic Congress (NDC) vigilante group descended upon another in Kumasi, is very angry.
Of course, they must be, having
lost a family member in a matter which is hinged upon local NDC politics and
nothing else. Avoidable as the death was, it is lamentable that the political
big shots of the party the groups are aligned to and in whose interests the
periodic yet bloody and even fatal encounters occur hardly do anything beyond
providing a few cedis for funerals of those who lose their lives.
The procedure has been
undertaken over time. Top party personalities show up during the funerals of persons
who died for them to sympathise with the bereaved families. That is the end of
the show of sympathy. Children of the deceased who are promised free education
to the university level don’t often have the promises made to them fulfilled.
Shouldn’t that send a
message to the youth and their parents that it is not worth the trouble joining
vigilante groups to fight the cause of politicians?
Fighting for the progress of
the nation through productive ventures is more appropriate than spilling blood
for political leaders. Engaging in criminal activities which can end in
fatalities should be discouraged by parents and opinion leaders. When parents
concentrate on the education of their children, nobody can hire them to go and
die for politicians. Now that the free SHS agenda is at full throttle, there is
no excuse not to be educated and, therefore, see the light and shun bait from
politicians to go and fight for them.
Even as parents and family
members of the deceased demand action from the NDC, let them consider the
importance of counselling their children to steer away from stupid bravado of
vigilantism which can easily end up like the Wasihu episode.
While the pain of the
family is understandable, we nonetheless do not share in the mayhem which the
opposition party is fond of unleashing upon the Garden City.
Seeking justice demands
patience and so we ask that even as the family expresses its disquiet about the
uncaring attitude of the NDC towards their plight, let that be done in a manner
which does not raise the temperature of Kumasi.
We know tension is high in
the city but that should not make us lose our heads and engage in further
bloodshed such as the one which claimed the life of Wasihu.
The police in the Ashanti
Region must be on top of the security in their jurisdiction. The region is
suffering a second spate of lawlessness within a fortnight – the first being
the Dagomba Line incident. Although the latter was non-political, it has added
to the statistics of lawlessness in the region.