Regional News of Thursday, 29 August 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The National Security Advisor, Brigadier-General Nunoo Mensah, has called on the people of the Northern Region not to allow the forthcoming decision of the Supreme Court on the election petition to affect the prevailing peace in the area.
He said the region had witnessed enough political and ethnic-related violence and strife in the past, and it was important that the people buried their differences and worked together to protect the peace.
Gen. Mensah was speaking at a peace conference in Tamale organised by the Northern Ghana Aid (NORGAID), an NGO, and sponsored by STAR-Ghana, an amalgam of European donor organisations.
It aimed at sensitising residents of the Northern Region to accept the verdict of the election petition and was attended by regional commanders of the various security services, chiefs, and representatives of political parties, youth groups and opinion leaders.
General Nunoo Mensah urged the participants not to allow petty divisions among them to blur their sense of love for one another as some of those divisions were only imaginary and did not really exist in society.
Using himself as an example, General Nunoo Mensah said: “I started politics as a member of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and later stood for parliamentary elections on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Today, I stand before you as the National Security Advisor under the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).”
He, therefore, urged people in the region to bury whatever perceived differences they had and work together to ensure peace and development in the region as past conflicts in some parts of the north had brought setbacks in terms of development to vibrant and promising towns such as Yendi and Bawku.
The Executive Chairman of NORGAID, Mr Mustapha Sanah, said the country would be in a state of entropy, if citizens failed to obey decisions of independent state institutions such as the judiciary.
He, therefore, asked participants to take the pieces of advice of the various experts at the programme seriously and live by them.