Dagbon youth must be supported to bring peace

IMG-20170923-WA0001Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, a  non-violence expert has called on Ghanaians, especially those from the three northern regions to support the initiative by the youth of Dagbon to find a lasting peace in Dagbon


Some concerned youth from both sides of the chieftaincy divide in Dagbon, on Monday embarked on a peace march dubbed, “Diwumti” in Yendi to protest further delays in the implementation of the final phase of the road-map to peace in Dagbon by the three eminent chiefs’ Mediation Committee handling the Dagbon chieftaincy impasse.


The protest by the youth from both sides was a signal that the youth were keen on ensuring that there was peace in the area.


“Although, this was the beginning of a very tough road, I personally congratulate the leadership of the youth group and all its members for a good work done so far and encourage every youth of Dagbon and indeed Ghana to stand with the youth group,” he said in a statement issued in Accra yesterday.


Mr Osei -Darkwa  who is also the Founding President of Youth Icon Ghana, a youth development, non governmental organisation said the youth group whose membership were from the feuding gates engaged in the conflict must be encouraged to continue with their non-violent calls for peace.


“What is happening in Dagbon is very rare and that is why the leadership of the National Peace Council, Parliament and indeed government as well as the Committee of Emminent Chiefs must not shy away from moving swiftly to engage the youth and work closely with them to bring lasting peace to the area”,  he said.


The Youth Icon boss said peace was knocking hard on the doors of Dagbon and everything possible must be done for true reconciliation.


He stressed ” as Dr. Martin Luther King vividly puts it, non-violence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for people to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. People must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love”.


Nana Osei-Darkwa admonished leaders of the Abudu and Andani gates to heed to the pleas of their future, the youth and become a part of the history of Ghana and Dagbon which will see their names written in gold for achieving  peace through genuine reconciliation.


He urged the leadership of Dagbon to celebrate their youth as brave warriors of peace and non-violence and not to reject them.


He stressed “Abudus and Andanis are the different sides of the same coin and so whatever pain you inflict on one affects all. True peace can only come from within and that is why I am so elated about the bold steps of the youth.”


The renowned University of Rhode Island trained non-violence expert advised the leadership of the youth group to be steadfast and pull together always because  people who benefit from the decade- long conflict would make untiring efforts to break their front through mouth-watering offers which could eventually jeopardise the great work commenced.


“I humbly entreat you all to see the actions and sacrifices you are making today as blocks for the development of tomorrow because no nation or community anywhere in the world have developed in war, rather peace remains the bedrock and capital needed for socio-economic transformation,” he stressed.


The non-violence expert Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa who was named a Special Honorary Peace Ambassador by the three northern regions during the 2016 Northern Entertainment Awards by Smile Multimedia and SADA  for his efforts towards peace promotion as a friend of the  North was full of praise for the youth group for the bravery exhibited by having the guts to rise up against the odds to call for peace.

By Times Reporter




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