LET’S NIP THIS IN THE BUD!

We devote our editorial to a very disturbing development that is threatening the peace, unity and stability of the country. And it is the issue of conflict, especially violent conflicts.

We are aware that conflicts are natural occurrences and an important feature in the development of society. We experience conflicts or conflicting situations every day in life, following which we find innovative ways of resolving issues to better our lives.

Most worrying is when conflicts are allowed to degenerate into violence and, in most cases, result in loss of lives and property.

Various communities have been experiencing violent conflicts across the country, and the most recent one occurred on Wednesday, over the erection of a wall at a cemetery at Tafo, suburb of Kumasi, resulting in the loss of life and destruction of property.

This is most unfortunate, and we sympathise with the bereaved family, but it is something that could have been avoided if cool heads had prevailed. Much so, when these irate groups have been living together in the community over ages.

We are worried over the recent upsurge of conflicts that turned violent in the country because of the fact that we are in an election year and the clarion call is for all to eschew all activities that could degenerate into violence and jeopardise the peace and security of the country.

Aware of the consequences of violent conflicts and how it has turned the clock of progress in countries, including some of our neigbours in the sub region, we hasten to remind all that   we have no option than to pursue the path of peace through jaw and jaw to resolve our differences rather than engage in war!

In all these situations, the youth are at the forefront of these conflicts.  It is widely acknowledged by, security experts and demographers cautioned that the youth, as important segment of the population, can be a source of wealth for the country, if their potentials are properly harnessed.

Unfortunately, some faceless people continue to feed the youth with poison to misbehave and cause mayhem while some die needless deaths.

We urged the security agencies to sharpen their intelligence gathering to pick up conflict signals from their early warning mechanisms, to stop them from turning into violence.

We reckon the significant role of the National Peace Council, and urged the government to adequately resourced them to roll out their plans and programmes, at the community levels, to help in conflict prevention and management.

We are of the view that the violent conflict that broke out in Kumasi, on Wednesday was needless and we believe the chiefs, opinion leaders and the youth groups can sit together to dialogue to resolve the issue amicably. It is not beyond resolution!

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