Lariba Zuweira Abudu, the Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MoGCSP), has cautioned soothsayers and similar practitioners in communities for contributing to false accusations of witchcraft. She emphasized that attributing medical issues to witchcraft leads to unwarranted accusations and urged them to refrain from such practices. Speaking at a community dialogue on social protection in Gbullung, organized by the MoCGSP in the Mion and Kumbungu districts of the Northern Region, the Minister highlighted the legal consequences of making false witchcraft accusations.
The dialogue aimed to educate communities on social protection issues, engaging them in discussions on various topics, including trafficking, domestic violence, gender roles, and human rights. The Minister expressed the government’s commitment to extending social protection services to all citizens. The Northern Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Bushira Alhassan, emphasized the crucial role of traditional leaders in mediating witchcraft allegations and preventing unjust accusations. She appealed to traditional authorities to intervene and discourage sending accused individuals to shrines for confirmation.