Peace Council Cautions Politicians

Rev Professor Emmanuel AsanteThe National Peace Council has asked Ghanaians, particularly politicians, to refrain from making statements that could spark tensions or incite people to conduct themselves violently.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Chairman of the Council, the Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, said that the recent verbal attacks on judges were unwarranted.

“The Council therefore advises that, as part of efforts to consolidate the peace in the country, organisations and personalities should refrain from utterances and acts that are likely to create tensions that could threaten national peace,” he said.

“The Council considers the verbal attack on the integrity of the judges as inimical to maintenance of peace and national cohesion,” he added and appealed to the parties in the petition and the media to rather remain calm and avoid such statements and acts.

Ghanaians, according to him, had conducted themselves well during and after the judgment and had accorded due respect to the rule of law by not resulting to any form of violence.

“However, we must continue to put in more efforts to consolidate the peace being enjoyed by the nation after the verdict to ensure that we are not distracted by untoward statements and attitudes,” he said.

Rev. Prof. Asante used the opportunity to congratulate President John Dramani Mahama on his magnanimous victory and lauded Nana Addo for the statesman-like manner in which he accepted the judgment.

He also commended the Security Services for their vigilance in upholding the law and keeping the peace during and after the judgment to ensure that the process passed without any occurrence.

“I also wish to extend the sincerest gratitudes of the Council to the National Media Commission (NMC), the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) for their role in peace building,” he said.

The Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darko, an executive member of the Council, also made a passionate appeal to the media, and the National Media Commission, to continue to strengthen the peaceful atmosphere currently prevailing in the country.

He asked media houses not to give prominence to political programmes on the judgment but, focus on those that would create partnership among Ghanaians to discuss developmental issues.

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