Ghana has lost five places on the latest Global Peace Index from the 39th position in the previous rankings to 44th with a score of 1.76. Ghana however is still the third most peaceful country in Africa and the first in West Africa.
The immediate past Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, who made this known in Kumasi, urged Ghanaians to share the responsibility of ensuring a peaceful country before, during and after the December 7 elections, so as to attract foreign investors to boost the national economy. Most Rev. Prof. Asante, made the call at an Election Inter-Faith Peace Symposium.
The Symposium organised by the Asante Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana was attended by members of some Christian denominations, the Muslim community, the traditional authority and others.
Some Ministers of the Presbyterian Church who were caught up in cross fire in the heat of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean civil wars, as well as the Ashanti Regional Police Chaplain, Chief Superintendent Jonas Aboagye, shared their personal experiences to tell the ugly side of civil strife to enable Ghanaians better appreciate and sustain the relative peace being enjoyed.
A former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Very Reverend Sam Prempeh, reminded Christians of their responsibility to be at peace with all men at all times and charged them to be ambassadors of peace during this year’s electioneering.
The Chief of Nyinahin, Nana Amampene Boateng Twum who represented the Asantehene, entreated the Electoral Commission to be a trusted referee in the conduct of the elections.
The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Mumin Haroun noted that, Islam enjoins its adherents to be peaceful at all times for which reason Muslims must practice peace.
The immediate past Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, entreated Ghanaians to cherish and sustain the prevailing peace since it is one crucial consideration of foreign investors in deciding where in the world, they should do business.
The Global Peace Index regularly determines the peace situation in countries across the globe.