COMOG Calls For Peace After Supreme Court Verdict
The Coalition of Muslim Organizations, Ghana (COMOG) on Monday called for peace in the country after the Supreme Court verdict on the Election Petition.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Adam Mahama, Acting President and Mr Issah Adam, General Secretary of the Coalition, which was presented to the Executive Management of the Ghana News Agency at a meeting in Accra.
The statement said, “In the next few days, Ghanaians will be taking up challenges that will test our capacity and commitment to peace in extraordinary ways”.
The statement said: “On 29th August, all preparations towards the journey we began may take us to unknown grounds, which may be rough and the risk high”
It therefore appealed to all Ghanaians to strive assiduously to maintain peace, seek unity at all times and more importantly, keep “our faith in the Lord the owner of peace”.
The statement said COMOG believed that negotiating a just peace under the rule of law was one of the strongest alternatives for ensuring the well-being and security of petitioners, respondents and all Ghanaians.
It said: “We share in the belief that justice is one of the two legs on which peace strives, nonetheless, we are convince that in our desperate quest for peace, justice can be negotiated. The minds of the people should not be conditioned into perceiving the Supreme Court verdict as dead end and a panacea to the threats of unity and peace, but as an obligation to be part of the numerous advocacies to enhance the democratic process.”
The statement implored the leadership of the two main political parties to speak to the nation, particularly their followers on the day of the verdict on the need to preserve the sanctity and peace of the nation.
It said “COMOG entreat the media to demonstrate their concern for all peace initiatives by moderating and where necessary, curbing all political and the verdict related headlines and programmes, which have the potential to arouse unnecessary anxiety and fear, during and after the day of the verdict.
“Through experience of inter-religious co-operation and dialogue in the service of peace, and religious tolerance, we understand the gift of diversity and the ‘variety of gifts’ that make a polarised movement so strong. This pre-supposes that there must be unity in all our diversity if we are to be more effective than we have been in facing the challenges of a just peace.”
It commended the judiciary, security and all existing peace advocates for the good work in maintaining peace and tranquility in the country.
Mr Bernard Otabil, General Manager of the GNA said the Agency associates itself with COMOG’s statement in ensuring that there was peace at all times no matter where the verdict went, especially for the sake of the vulnerable, including women and children, who should not be made to suffer.