Yendi needs peace

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

It is true that the country has made gains in all spheres of human endeavour, but we need to do more to lift the standards of the people in every community.

 Unfortunately, it is taking us very long to appreciate the challenges  and strive to find the necessary strategies to break the back of poverty and disease.

Again, it is worrying that these conflicts are prevalent in deprived communities where the government should be mobilising resources to intervene in the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

 These conflicts affect the growth of local economies, as residents desert the conflict areas for peaceful places, while the investor community also stay away from the conflict zones.

In effect, it does not pay to engage in protracted conflicts because nothing positive happens in war-torn communities. There is no winner in a war, as even those who celebrate the spoils of war may have suffered some losses.

It is in this vein that the Daily Graphic expresses worry over the renewed clashes in Yendi that tend to derail the gains that have been made at peace-building in the area.

We know that the factions have grievances that they believe have not been resolved to their satisfaction, but the option is not the resort to violence.

The best way to resolve grievances between feuding factions is dialogue, as the alternative is objectionable and unacceptable.

The Daily Graphic, therefore, urges the authorities to impress upon the Eminent Chiefs to resume their engagement of the parties to stick to the road map to peace in the Dagbon State.

Besides the role being played by the chiefs, we think there are other public-spirited groups such as Christian and Muslim leaders who can intervene to restore peace in the Dagbon State.

We also think the Andanis and Abudus need to demonstrate the desire to end the conflict by acknowledging the essence of peace in national development efforts.

The Daily Graphic looks forward to the day when the factions in the dispute will recognise the fruitlessness of their efforts to engage each other in war in order to gain a foothold over the traditional area.

We appeal to the leaders of the Abudus and Andanis to talk to their kinsmen to abandon the path of conflict and seek dialogue as the best way to restore peace to Yendi and its environs.

The Daily Graphic commends the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) for the swift manner in which it responded to the distress call from Yendi by deploying security personnel there to maintain law and order.

It costs money and other resources to maintain law and order and the people of Yendi will help the national cause if they bury the hatchet and relate again to one another as brothers and sisters with a common heritage.