18 July 2013

Ghana: Leaders Call for National Peace

The Institute of Economic Affairs is initiating a move, under which distinguished Ghanaians are calling on the entire citizenry to put the nation first, and not to resort to violence when the Supreme Court comes out with its verdict in the ongoing petition on the 2012 presidential election.

In his message, the first to be delivered, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, said all Ghanaians ought to realise that in all endeavours the interest of Ghana must over-ride all other interests.

"Ghana must come first, he said, in the initiative that would soon be broadcast on a number of local networks.

"Our democracy must survive. We have been peace-loving, and we should remain so," he said in a plea to Ghanaians.

In her message, the girl-Ambassador of Peace, Angela Mensah, said: "Good citizens of Ghana, very soon the Supreme Court will give its final ruling on the election petition. As a Peace Ambassador, I appeal to all the parties to accept the ruling in good faith."

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, said the election petition "is a matter that will help define our democratic landscape. It must mark a water-shed between the things we were not doing right, and usher us into a new landscape of brightness."

On his part the President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Roland Affail Mooney, said: "The electoral petition has really tested our commitment to live together as one people."

He particularly appealed to media practitioners to regard it as "a clarion call for us to be responsible and refrain from reports that would incite the public."

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor said the nation needs to hold together and pray that the Supreme Court does its work well, and pray that the petitioners and respondents live by their word. "And when things happen this way, it shouldn't belong to any group or faction or party to try to upset the peace of the country. See pages 13 and 14 for the details. appeal to all the parties to accept the ruling in good faith.s final ruling on the election petition. As a peace ambassador,

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