A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana has called on all and sundry to join the fight against superstition in the country.
Prof. Ransford Gyampo said public ignorance on needless superstition is one of the greatest hindrances of national development that can cause more harm if not dealt with.
“It is important that we do something about it. As a nation we cannot develop when we have a section chunk of the population being ignorant and also believing in needless superstition,” he said on JoyNews’ Newsfile, Saturday.
His comments come after some persons lynched 90-year-old Akua Denteh on the orders of a witch doctor who said the woman was a witch.
Professor Gyampo who is baffled by the fact that people in some communities still hold obsolete beliefs said “until we work hard on to tackle public ignorance on superstition, all efforts by government for development will be stalled.
He further expressed satisfaction over the arrest of some of the perpetrators, insisting that whoever stood by to watch the dastardly act carried out must be arrested and dealt with accordingly.
“I am angrier at those who looked on for the crime to go on than even the perpetrators. Why were they standing there?
“I’m also happy that some arrets have been made but I think as a nation we cannot develop if we have a high chunk of the population being ignorant and also believing in needless superstition,” he said.