The National Peace Council has taken the initiative to mediate peace talks between the traditional leaders of Nogokpo and Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder of Perez Chapel International. The dispute arose following controversial remarks made by the church leader regarding Nogokpo.
Archbishop Agyinasare and his church have faced criticism from a section of the public after he referred to Nogokpo as the “demonic headquarters” of the Volta Region during a sermon.
In response, some residents of Nogokpo have demanded an apology from the Archbishop for his comments. The Archbishop has since apologized during his service on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Despite the apology, the traditional leaders of Nogokpo have issued a 14-day ultimatum for the Archbishop to appear before them. In light of the escalating tensions, the Peace Council, led by Chairman Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, has announced its intervention to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation.
The Peace Council aims to create a platform where the involved parties can engage in constructive discussions and find common ground. Their objective is to foster understanding, promote peaceful coexistence, and seek a resolution that satisfies all parties involved.
The Council has called for cooperation and commitment from both the traditional leaders and Archbishop Agyinasare to achieve a peaceful resolution to the impasse.
By mediating the peace process, the National Peace Council hopes to prevent further escalation of tensions, bridge divides, and foster harmony between the traditional leaders of Nogokpo and Archbishop Charles Agyinasare.
The Peace Council also called on all those who have been affected in any way by the stalemate to exercise restraint and circumspection in their comments and pronouncements on the matter.
Similarly, the National Peace Council also urged the media and all those who make statements on the matter to exercise maximum restraint in their narratives to protect the peace, stability, and the integrity of the country.
Below reads the statement fromthe National Peace Council
The National Peace Council has noted with concern the current impasse between Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder of Perez Chapel International and Nogokpo Traditional Authorities. The attention of the Council has also been drawn to statements that have been made by some religious personalities in the country regarding the same issue.
Recognizing the fact that the impasse if not quickly addressed may have consequences on peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance in the country, the National Peace Council, in pursuit of its mandate to facilitate conflict prevention, appeals to the Nogokpo Traditional Authorities and Perez Chapel International to remain calm and not give in to provocations as efforts are being undertaken to address the situation.
The Council calls on all those who have been affected in any way by the stalemate to exercise restraint and circumspection in their comments and pronouncements on the matter. The Council further urges the media and all those who make statements on the matter to exercise maximum restraint in their narratives to protect the peace, stability, and the integrity of our beloved country.
We want to inform the public that the Volta Regional Peace Council has begun the process to engage the parties for amicable redress.
The Council concludes by respectfully reminding Ghanaians of how far we have come as one nation, living together as one people for many years.
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