Soka Gakkai International calls for peaceful election

By Sarah
Agyekum/ Belinda Kusorgbor, GNA

Accra, Aug. 27, GNA – The leadership of Soka
Gakkai International (SGI)-Ghana has admonished Ghanaians to protect the peace
and dignity of the country to avoid conflicts before, during and after this
year’s election.

He said the future generation would not
forgive Ghanaians if the peace being enjoyed was destroyed.

Mr Simon Ampadu, the Accra Regional
Headquarters Leader of SGI-Ghana, said this during the presentation of the
organisation’s Election 2016 Peace Proposal on the theme: “Respect for the
Dignity of Life is the Foundation for Peace’ to the Ga Traditional Council in
James Town, Accra.

He said SGI is a Buddhist organisation with
over 12 million members in 192 countries worldwide, including Ghana.

He said: “The philosophy gives respect for
differences in colour, race, tribe, gender, religious affiliation, political
affiliation and wealth among others.”

Mr Ampadu said the SGI focused on “one nation,
one people and one destiny, as in the patriotic song; “Arise Ghana Youth.”

He said transforming differences into a united
mission and creating value out of the December election would see Ghana develop
eternal peace and prosperity.

“Ghana must learn from bitter experiences of
war from nations close to us. Instead of conflict and war, let us use
constructive dialogue and abhor violence. We are one people with one destiny
living within one nation,” he added.

Mr Ampadu said SGI- Ghana, had for the past
six months, prayed for a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the
election with the hope that Ghana would once again emerge victorious.

He indicated that Mr Daisaku Ikeda, the SGI
President, declared in 1960 that Ghana in the 21st century would be the nation
to lead Africa to bring peace to the world.

Nii Adote Otinkor II, the Sempe Mantse, said
he was happy with what the SGI organisation had outlined in its proposal
towards maintaining the peace prior to the election.

He said Ghanaians are one people irrespective
of their political and cultural differences and called on all to practice peace
in deeds and not only in words.

Mr Thomas Nii Boye Ashong, the Presiding
Member of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, said political parties may change
but Ghana would remain the same, and as such every Ghanaian should get involved
to promote peace.

“Let us all try to maintain the peace because
we cannot move to a different country should there be war,” he said.

Mr Ashong gave the assurance that the proposal
would be presented to government to act accordingly to ensure a peaceful


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