Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sagnarigu in the Northern Region, has called on politicians on both sides of the political divide to come together to find an amicable solution to the protracted squabble among Konkombas and Dagombas.
According to him, since the root cause of the current tension between the two factions can be traced to politics, it would be prudent to have political leaders of all the major political parties in the country come together to dialogue with both factions to ensure lasting peace in the area.
“It should be possible for opinion leaders, chiefs and politicians across the political divide to put aside the political gap and come together to serve as role models who can project ideas for bringing the people together. What happened the last time was as a result of partisan matter where some other people who thought that they had not been served well in the past also took the law into their hands and decided to forcibly eject other people out of the market. And that’s what has created the basis now for what happens now to continue,” he said.
The former Deputy Northern Regional Minister’s comment comes following Tuesday’s violent clashes that ensued between two factions – Konkombas and Dagombas – at the Agbogbloshie market in Accra, resulting in the killing of two persons and leaving almost eight people critically injured.
Some locally manufactured weapons were also retrieved from some of the suspects.
He told this paper that, what happened at the Agbogbloshie market on Tuesday was needless and should be condemned by all, “irrespective of which side you are on.”
Alhaji Fuseini believes that cultural and ethnic tension that have existed in time past between the two factions may also contribute to Tuesday violence and urged the various community or tribal leaders to put all their difference behind them and come together to work together towards peaceful co-existence among all the tribes.
“We need to do a deed seated sober thinking to come out with a strategy for harmonizing the various ethnic groups and the accompany settings they bring along with. It should be a matter of urgency for all of us to come together to see how we can moderate the wrangling violence in that area and then serve as role model for the people instead of violence which doesn’t pay,” he stated.
The ace journalist who ones served as the foreign editor for Daily Graphic further attributed the part of the tension to poverty, which according plagues both factions. He said some degree of poverty breeds a proposition of ignorance and that contributes to factors that easily results in such violence.
Source:Therepublicnewsonline.com/Nana Appiah Acquaye