Ghana’s precocious Peace Ambassador, Angela Mensah, has added her voice to calls for peace; after the Supreme Court’s final judgment in the landmark election petition.
Irrespective of how the court’s verdicts pans out, she asked that all parties involved should accept the judgment in good faith.
Speaking at a press conference at Dome, a suburb of Accra, the nine-year old class five pupil pointed out that, children’s interest in the Supreme Court case does not lie in who the victor will be or who the loser will be.
The future leaders’ interest, she said, lies in the country being kept in one piece by all the parties involved, and, therefore, the outcome must be accepted unconditionally both the petitioners and the respondents.
“Knowing very well that what the aftermath of declaration of election results in other countries had been, members of the clergy, the National Peace Council, former presidents of Ghana, eminent chiefs, civil society, opinion leaders, the media, and some political leaders are all calling for peace after the verdict,” she said.
Ms. Mensah made a clarion appeal to the political class to be watchful of its commentary before and after the Supreme Court’s judgment and also advise their supporters to do same.
She added that the media should be mindful of their reportage, while she urged for special alert by the Security agencies.
The nine-year old pleaded with the youth also not to allow politicians to ill-advices them to foment trouble before or after the final judgment.
The Peace Ambassador encouraged all Ghanaians to have confidence in the sense of fairness and to look forward to an incisive judgment of the landmark case.
Ghana’s Supreme Court is currently in the twilight of a landmark case that it has been adjudicating for months, following a petition by three persons from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP’s flagbearer in the 2012 election, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and the NPP’s Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey are contesting the outcome of the victory of incumbent President John Dramani Mahama in last year’s Presidential election.
Though the case hearing has been generally peaceful, Ghana is exampled by recent instability in neighboring Cote d’lvoire and Africa’s general history of politics-fuelled war to jealously guard its peace.
Ms. Mensah, the Peace Ambassador, encouraged Ghanaians to learn lessons on election violence from once peaceful nations like Cote d’lvoire, Kenya, Zimbabwe and others, while they continue to pray for the peace of the country.
She reiterated that, it is easy to start a war but very difficult to end it, saying “Besides it takes just one person to start a war but it take multitudes to end it.”
She urged all Ghanaians to apply themselves to the prevention approach as it is the best.
“At this time, tension must die, and all voices must be heard yearning for peace to ensure we maintain the peace, unity and stability in the country now and forever,” she said.