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: ,
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.
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.
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.
MOST. REV. PROF. EMMANUEL ASANTE