The Greater Accra Regional Peace Council has called on political players, especially those in Leadership, to measure their utterances carefully in order not to inflame passions and cause fear and panic among the populace during the campaign season.
The peace council announced this yesterday stressing that the need for people to search for peace and the desire to live together in harmony was more important than ever before.
With support from the Danish Embassy, the Greater Accra Regional Peace Council would embark on an advocacy campaign on the eradication of vigilantism in the Region.
A press statement issued to the media by the Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Peace Council, Rev. Samuel Kofi Osabutey said the advocacy campaign would help ensure that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary election would be violent free and credible than any elections that had been experienced in the fourth republic.
Rev. Osabutey urged the public to be guided by the ‘four gateways of right speech’ which instructs “all in the name of peace to ask themselves whether or not their speech is kind, necessary, true or most importantly improves silence”.
As part of celebrating the International Day of Peace, the Peace Council noted that Ghana’s democracy continued to be a beacon of hope and the democratic credentials would stand the test of time with or without covid-19.
“Let us celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic”, the statement said.
The statement further admonished everyone to stand with the Peace council against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.
“Let us work together to ensure a fair, credible, violent free and successful upcoming 2020 election as we shape the peace together”, it indicated.
Addressing some challenges facing the Peace Council, the statement noted that the effect of the pandemic had not given the Council the opportunity to hold the public events it had planned earlier, to commemorate the International Day of Peace.
However, it was hopeful that the citizens would use the day to reflect on peace.
About the International day of Peace
The International Day of peace is observed around the world on 21st September each year. The UN General Assembly has declared the day as devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours non-violence and cease fire. Ghana as a member of the United Nations observes this day as such.
The theme of the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together”. Shaping Peace Together is all about accepting differences and having the flexibility to pay attention, to acknowledge, to respect and to understand others, likewise as living during a peaceful and united way.
Source: Greater Accra Region Peace Council // Agnus-dei media