On the need to Curb Ritual Killings in Nigeria

At least seven ritualistic murders have rocked Nigeria recently. The House of Representatives, following the alarming incidents of ritual killings, urged the Federal Government to declare a national emergency to address the spate of ritual killings.

Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari described ritual killings as hate crimes while calling for the strictest punishments for ritual killers. But despite the slated penalties, irony is the case as there are persistent reports on ritualism.

Some of the factors responsible for ritual killings are poverty and unemployment. Looking at different parts of the country, where street hawking, menial jobs, and street begging are prevalent, will paint a gory insight into what an average Nigerian has to grapple with each day in the quest for survival. It is war…..

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