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Peace Council condemns "so called prophecies"

BY: Mabel Faith Tannor
Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante
Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante

The National Peace Council has condemned "the so called prophecies" declaring the deaths of some key statesmen and women in the country.

The Council in a press statement issued Friday and signed by Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante has therefore called on all religious leaders to conduct their activities with the highest circumspection, and responsibility to ensure that in the exercise of their freedom, they do not undermine and violate the rights of other citizens.

It also called on religious leaders to desist from engaging in acts that were likely to destabilize the peace being enjoyed in the country.

"Our forebears and leaders, have endeavoured to keep Ghana in harmony and we should not allow few individuals, to use their religious platforms to sow seeds of discord and divisions in the country. Religious intolerance and extremism have not established roots in the country yet, largely due to the in-depth and positive socialisation and engagement of Ghanaians of all faiths and the respect we have had for each other’s values and beliefs, for so many years now," the statement said.

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Below is the full statement

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL PEACE COUNCIL REGARDING RECENT RELIGIOUS PROPHESIES

The National Peace Council has followed media reports of some religious prophecies and public reactions that have ensued with the potential of generating fear and panic in the country. The so called prophesies in the last few days have given all of us concerns to be worried about sustaining the peaceful coexistence among different religious groups in the country.

It is worthy of note that Article 21 (c) of the 1992 Constitution, guarantees all persons in Ghana “freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice”.

However, the provision is qualified by Article 12(2) which states that “every person in Ghana, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, religion, creed or gender shall be entitled to the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual contained in this Chapter but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest”

It is in line with the above constitutional provision that the National Peace Council, condemns in no uncertain terms the so called prophesies making rounds in the media declaring the death of some key statesmen and women in the country. The National Peace Council is deeply concerned, and calls on all religious leaders to conduct their activities with the highest circumspection, and responsibility, to ensure that in the exercise of their religious freedom, they do not undermine and violate the rights of other citizens.

Our forebears and leaders, have endeavoured to keep Ghana in harmony and we should not allow few individuals, to use their religious platforms to sow seeds of discord and divisions in the country. Religious intolerance and extremism have not established roots in the country yet, largely due to the in-depth and positive socialisation and engagement of Ghanaians of all faiths and the respect we have had for each other’s values and beliefs, for so many years now.

We, therefore, as a people have a duty to promote those things that have worked for us towards the maintenance of peace and national cohesion over the years. These include the promotion of love, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and diversity. We as a people cannot sacrifice these on the altar of religious enthusiasts. The Council, is grateful to all affected Statesmen and Women by the so called prophesies for remaining calm in the face of these provocations.

The National Peace Council appeals to all Ghanaians not to resort to any criminal activity in attempt to respond to these so called prophets. Let us remember that it is always better and productive to use non-violent means to address our issues.

The Council, appeals to the media to restrain themselves as much as possible from giving space to some of these so called prophets whose business may only be to draw attention to themselves. The Council also appeals to citizens to restrain themselves from patronising the services of these so called prophets so as not to give them legitimacy and endorsement for the sake of national cohesion and harmony.

Thank you and May God continue to bless Ghana with his eternal peace!!!