Peace very expensive – Peace Council Chairman

Mrs Jean Mensa, EC boss

Mrs Jean Mensa, EC boss

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante has stated that peace is very expensive and government alone cannot shoulder this responsibility.

He therefore underscored the need for the citizenry to partner government and work towards achieving it.

Speaking in an interview on an Accra-based fm station, Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante explained that the amount spent by the government in the maintenance of peace could be used in building houses for the hundreds of homeless persons in the country.

According to him, there was the need for circumspection in the comments that people make, whether it is religious or political, so as not to cause people to react to destroy the peace of the country.

“The amount of money that the government spends in the maintenance of peace and security, could build houses for the homeless. Peace is very expensive and we should work towards it.

It is not something that the government can bring. It is for every one of us to do our part, through what we say and do and the respect that we need to have for one another,” he said.

He observed that there is no absolute peace in any part of the world but was quick to add that peace could be worked towards in the spirit of tolerance in order to preserve the peace in the country.

“There is no absolute peace anywhere, but the fact that there is no absolute peace anywhere does not mean we should not work towards it.

It should be ideal that we work towards it. Peace is a process and we need to do those things that will facilitate it.”

“Do not take the laws into your own hands and think that you are prosecuting your own justice. We have institutions in the country that will do that.

It is these institutions that would help us to live in peace and ensure the development of our country. Let’s exercise religious and political tolerance. Live, let me live, because we all belong to the same nation,” he noted.

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