Tamale is known for its serenity, moral values and religiousness but lately it has been engulf with so many social vices. Cybercrime (Sakawa) in recent times is gradually threatening the survival of our dear society. Every now and then, we hear reports of pupils of school going age dropping out of school and even unemployed graduates joining this undesirable yet popular profession in this populace.
As we all know, the northern regional minister Mr Alhaji Limuna Muniru is making conscious efforts to curb if not eradicate the current cyber-crime uprising in the region. However, his methods are somewhat harsh considering the fact that no proper investigation is being conducted on victims rather, victims are mostly targeted base on hear-say basis. I personally find that method to be inappropriate but nonetheless it has its positivity. It has tone down the unnecessary social media bragging and flaunting of wealth by self-proclaimed ‘Sakawa boys’.
Cybercrime is not much of a crime in Tamale recently owing to the fact that some parents seem comfortable with it and the society at large sometimes treats these people with dignity. One could be tempted to say the economic conditions in the area is the root cause of why this dubious crime is now been accepted.
The crime seems to be perceived as the best way to achieve a rich life at a young age by the youth. Nobody looks at the consequences anymore. I think it is sufficient to say that many youth now sees being a ‘sakawa boy’ as a dream.
The economic conditions in the nation right now is not something to be proud of and so people will have justifications to being a ‘sakawa boy’. But it is important to acknowledge the fact that, a wrong is still wrong no matter how you disguise it. I hope the youth will learn to work hard for even meagre monies than being criminals.
We don’t see sakawa going soon but we hope it won’t take the future generation in to lawlessness and economic recessions
Credit: The Leads