The National Peace Council has fill lowed with interest events, in the country in the past few    weeks and respectfully   makes the following comments and observation:                                ,

DAGBON CONFLICT

The National  Peace  Council  wishes  to congratulate  the Otumfuo  led Committee  for presenting  to His  Excellency,   the  President,   a clear  road map  aimed  at  bringing   a closure   to the  Dagbon Conflict.  The Council further expresses   confidence,   in the Committee   and looks forward to the return of peace and development   in Dagbon.   The Road Map which  basically,  envisages  that the Abudu   Royals   should   perform   the  funeral   of  the  late  Yaa-Naa,    Mahamudu   Abdulai,   from December  14 to December  28, 2018,   to be followed  by the funeral  of the late Yaa-Naa  Yakubu Andani  II, from  January  4 to  18,  2019,  is  plausible,  and  the  Council  requests   all Ghanaians, especially,  Dagombas  to support  the Road Map to the full.

The Council, further wishes  to express  gratitude  to all individuals  and groups,  who in diverse ways are  contributing   to the  restoration   and  maintenance   of  peace  in Dagbon,  especially  the  youth associations,  for their display  of commitment   to the Otumfuo  led committee.

The Council  passionately  appeals  to all stakeholders,   especially,  both the sons and daughters  of the royal Andani  and Abudu  families,  not to renege  on this noble  path  of peace  that they  have taken. They should note that, present sons and daughters of Dagbon, and the generations unborn will bless their memories, if they do not allow both internal and external forces, which do not wish the peace of Dagbon to turn the clock backwards.

AFTERMATH   OF THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON BIMBILlA   CHIEFTAINCY   ISSUE.

The Council notes with satisfaction the efforts by all parties to ensure that peace is maintained in Bimbilla after the Supreme Court Ruling on the Chieftaincy Dispute. The Council  however, wishes to  appeal  to the  Nakpa-Naa   family  and  all  parties  involved  to  cooperate   with  the  REGSEC  in ensuring  sustainable   peace.  The  Council  further  wishes  to encourage   all  parties  and  interest groups  in the  Bimbilla  Dispute  to  be guided  by the  Supreme  Court  ruling  and  observe  other important traditional  and customary  norms  and practices  in Nanung.

It is the hope of the Council that future celebration of Damba Festival, as in the past, would be an event   that   would   mobilize   the   human   and   material   resources    for   enhanced    peace   and development in Nanung, to benefit the sons and daughters of both families.

CREATION OF ADDITIONAL   REGIONS

On the issue of the creation  of six additional  regions,  the Peace Council,  wishes to encourage  all citizens who are either for or against  the policy to be guided  by the provisions  of   Article  5 of the

1992 Constitution   and the relevant decisions   of the Supreme   Court.  The  Council  wishes  to express gratitude  to her Ladyship,  the Chief Justice,  and the Panel of the Supreme  Court Judges who  sat  on  the  writ  filed  by  the  three   petitioners   for  interpretation   of  article  5  of  the  1992 Constitution, for dealing expeditiously with the matter.

Whereas   the  National   Peace  Council,   encourages   all  parties  to  respect  and  abide  with  the decision  by the Supreme  Court delivered  on November,  20, 2018, the Council  respectfully  urges the  Ministry  of  Regional   Reorganization    and  Development,   to  open  its  doors  for  continuous engagement   with  interested   parties  in order  to  deepen  inclusiveness   and  participation   in the process.

TRENDING SONG

The National  Peace Council  notes with deep concern  attempts  by some individuals  who are bent on using social media to destroy  the hard won peaceful  coexistence  of Ghanaians  by abusing the social media platform  to unleash,  unethical  songs and commentaries,   with the intent of disturbing the peace of the country.

The song making the rounds  in the social media is full of hate speech,  directed  toward  leadership of  the  country  and  has  the  potential  of  derailing  the  peace  Ghana  is enjoying.   The Council condemns this unpatriotic  conduct  and urges all parties concerned  to desist from  it.

CONCLUSION

The  Council,  would  like to take  the opportunity  to call on all Ghanaians  to jealously  guard  and protect the progressive  path of peace that the country  has adopted,  and refrain from any actions and  behaviors  that  have the  potential  to  undermine  the  long  cherished   harmony  and peaceful coexistence   we  have  established   for  ourselves   as a people.  The  Council  further  encourages Ghanaians  to  resort  to  available   mechanisms   that  the  state  has  put  in place  for  resolution  of conflicts,  for it is by this way that we will be helping  to protect  the peace of this country.

The Council, also requests all religious groups in the country to intensify their prayers for a more peaceful Ghana, as the year 2018, draws to an end. Christians,  Moslems,  Practitioners  of African Traditional  Religion and other faith based institutions  are respectfully  encouraged  to set aside part of their worship  time to ask for God’s  favour  and guidance  for the leaders  of the country  and his blessings  of peace and prosperity  on the peoples  of Ghana.

Finally,  the  National  Peace  Council,  expresses   gratitude  to all our  development   partners,  and Missions  and Civil Society Organisations,   in the country  for their  support  to peace  activities.  We urge them to continue to support Ghana on her noble path to sustainable   peace.

 Signed:

MOST.   REV. PROF. EMMANUEL ASANTE

BOARD  CHAIRMAN