Accra, Aug. 16, GNA - Naa Professor John Nabila, President of the National House of Chiefs, on Thursday reiterated the call on politicians to endeavour to ensure peaceful Election 2012.
In addition, the media should be circumspect in their reportage to avoid inflaming passions.
Naa Nabila, delivering a lecture on the theme: “Chieftaincy, Peace and Unity: A National Challenge,” in Accra, urged all and sundry to put the interest of the nation first in all their endeavours.
The lecture, organised by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), formed part of the first IDEG's Ghana Speaks Lecture series.
He cited recent communal conflicts which erupted across the country as some of the issues which tested the nation's quest to have sustainable peace, adding; "The recent conflicts between the Konkombas and the Bimobas in the Northern Region, the one between the Zongo community and the Hohoe Traditional Council and others were some of the conflicts which tested the peace we have enjoyed”.
Naa Nabila said such issues called for concerted efforts in ensuring that measures were put in place to sustain the peace Ghana enjoyed and mentioned land and territorial disputes, claims to stools and shrines and others as some of the issues that resulted in chieftaincy disputes across the country.
He called for the inclusion of the youth in developmental issues as their exclusion and neglect could lead to conflict.
Naa Nabila, who is also a Member of the Council of State, called for the strengthening of the chieftaincy institution as it played a critical role in mediation at the local level, and called for unity among chiefs in the country in order to have a united voice.
“It would be great if chiefs would occasionally visit one another for familiarisation purposes,”he added.
Naa Nabila advocated for the continuous exclusion of chiefs in partisan politics to ensure respect and the sanctity of the chieftaincy institution, and commended chiefs engaged in social responsibility activities aimed at developing their areas.
“I am happy about Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene's Otumfuo Education Fund as well as the engagement by Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, for the construction of the Asogli Power Plant to create jobs and provide power.”