Kibi — The Overlord of the Akyem Abuakwa traditional area in the Eastern Region, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has called on Ghanaians to ensure peace before, during, and after the December presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to him, the elections should not be seen as judgement day, but as a way to elect leaders for the country.
"I don't know why Ghanaians are worried about the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, as if it is a judgement day," Osagyefo stressed.
The Akyem Abuakwa State Overlord made the remarks when the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Victor Smith, paid a courtesy call on him at his palace last Wednesday.
The Minister was accompanied by the East Akyem Municipal Chief Executive, Simon Peter Asirifi, the Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwabena Gyamera-Yeboah, and staff of both Eastern Regional Coordinating Council and East Akyem Municipal Assembly.
The Regional Minister's visit was to formally introduce himself as the new Regional Minister, as well as discuss issues affecting the his (Okyenhene) traditional area and the region as a whole.
According to Osagyefo Ofori Panin, the Living God, who saw the country through the previous elections, would do it again, and asked Ghanaians to preach peace and "lead lives that would bind us as a common people."
He further charged both political and non-political actors to be circumspect with their utterances and comments, since any irresponsible comment could destabilise the peace of the country.
Touching on illegal mining, Osagyefo Ofori Panin noted that the fight against the menace could not be achieved by only the traditional leaders, and called on the government to help fight the canker.
The Regional Minister, on his part, promised to use his office to join the fight against the canker.