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23.01.2009 Regional News

calls for peace in Dagbon

By The Statesman
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An elderly statesman in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, Alhaji Ziblim Salifu Joe Lartey, has expressed concern about the looming danger ahead in the Dagbon State and called for total peace to prevail in the area.

He has subsequently challenged the youth of Dagbon to unite against all forms of injustice and expose all self-seeking people who for their personal gains will attempt to use them to re-visit mayhem on their societies.

Alhaji Ziblim Salifu expressed this concern in an exclusive interview at his private residence on recent emerging issues in connection with the Dagbon chieftaincy issue.

He charged the youth to strive to make a positive difference in their lives by using their youthful exuberance to champion the cause of development in their respective communities.

Reacting to the war drums a cross-section of the youth had started beating on some local radio stations in the metropolis he called on the elders of Dagbon to join hands in condemning the use of violence as a viable alternative in resolving conflicts.

Alhaji Ziblim Joe Lartey also entreated the scholars of Dagbon, both home and abroad, to eschewing all divisive tendencies for a united Dagbon State.

He further called on the government and all the relevant stakeholders to take the necessary steps to resolve the matter amicably so as to redeem the sinking image of Dagbon.

He encouraged particularly the Regional Security Committee and other related bodies to be more pro-active and pre-emptive by putting their ears on the ground to pick up early warning signals of conflict for prompt action to ensure human security.

Alhaji Ziblim Joe Lartey again called on the security agencies to take the necessary steps to withdraw all arms and light weapons in the area and beyond.


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