Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante
The National Peace Council (NPC) said the road map to peace, between the indigenes of Hohoe and members of the Zongo Community should not be centered on the missing regalia.
Speaking on Thursday, Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante, Chairman for the NPC, noted that whereas it is of essence that the missing regalia be found, the roadmap for the restoration of peace in Hohoe and the restitution of cordial relations between indigenes of the town and the Zongo community should not necessarily be hinged on finding the missing regalia.
It will be recalled that last month, a fracas between some indigenes of Hohoe and some members of the populous Zongo community within the township, escalated into a series bloody clashes between the two groups which left several inhabitants of the area destitute and also culminated in the loss of three lives and the destruction of property running into thousands of Ghana Cedis.
In the aftermath of the unfortunate clashes, the Gbi Traditional Council reported of a missing regalia and subsequently charged leaders of the Zongo community to use all means possible to retrieve the item.
However, speaking about the incident a month down the line, the Chairman of the NPC, Most Reverend Asante stated that whereas it is imperative that all efforts be made to retrieve the missing regalia, in the event the regalia is not found the current tranquil relationship between the two groups should not be broken.
“We should always look forward so that as the impermanent things pass away, we try to do our best to see what can be done,” he admonished.
Further to that, he made a passionate plea to the leaders, chiefs and people of the area stating that, “In any dialogue you enter into, even though you take a position, you also leave room for possible manoeuvring so that we find a lasting solution to it.
So we are praying to God that wherever that regalia is, if even in pieces, that we may find it but there is also the possibility that we may not find it, that doesn’t end the Gbi traditional area.
Our ancestors left it there for us to build on and others will also come and build on it.”