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26.08.2013 General News

Yagbonwura calls for continuous peace in Gonjaland

By Daily Graphic
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The Yagbonwura, Sulemana Jakpa Tuntumba Bore Essa I, Overlord of Gonjaland, has stressed the need for continuous peace within his jurisdiction to ensure development.

He has, therefore, appealed to chiefs in Gonjaland to continue with their civic and traditional responsibilities as facilitators of peace by sensitising their people to live in harmony.

The Yagbonwura said this when he chaired a consultative peace forum at Damongo in the West Gonja District last Friday. It was organised by the Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA), a non-governmental organisation, with support from STAR-Ghana.

The forum brought together about 50 chiefs from the various royal gates within the Gonja Kingdom to discuss how to manage the expectations of the youth within their jurisdictions with regard to the verdict of the Supreme Court.

The Gonjas have a long cherished tradition of respecting and obeying the orders of their chiefs, hence the forum.

The Yagbonwura said: 'I stand for peace, and we need to maintain the peace of the land and not let anything divide us.'

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr Ansah Dawuda,  the West Gonja District Police Commander, said the security agencies in the district had mapped out strategies to protect people,  vital installations and offices among other measures to maintain peace during and after the Supreme Court verdict.

Most Reverend Peter Paul Angkyier, the Bishop of the Damongo Diocese of the Catholic Church, urged all to restrain themselves, avoid provocative acts, and be ready to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court.

Mr Stanley Zakaria Mahama, the West Gonja District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, called for tolerance among members of political parties.

Alhaji Abdulai Baba, a Board Member of GDCA and facilitator of the Dagbon Peace Initiative, appealed to the chiefs to continue to play  leading roles as peace ambassadors in their traditional areas.

Some of the chiefs who contributed to the discussion underscored the importance of peace and pledged to continue to uphold peace in their traditional areas.


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