Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene has urged major stakeholders including the Electoral Commission (EC) Political Parties, Security Agencies, Religious Bodies, Civil Society Organizations and our Traditional Leaders as well as the citizenry to join forces to pray and take pro-active steps to ensure that the agenda of all those who have an inclination to disturb the peace during the elections period, is nipped in the bud.
According to him, putting pro-active steps in the process would ensure that, Ghana enjoys an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and justice which he believes is vital pre-requisites for the inflow of critical foreign direct investment and for national development.
Nana Tuahyia Oduro Panin Birikorang, New Edubiasehene made the call on behalf of the Asantehene at the joint 20th Ashanti Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards and 9th Ashanti Business Leaders Excellence Award ceremony organized by Top Brass Ghana.
He expressed the view that, no foreign investor worth his salt will risk investing in a country with a non-congenial business environment.
He expressed great concern about the violence, bloodshed, insults and other unwarranted acts which have characterized events in our nation’s previous electioneering campaigns, which he said does not augur well for our bourgeoning democracy.
He reminded the stakeholders that, in a few months time the country will be entering an election year and heading to the polls to elect our President and Parliamentarians for the subsequent four years, says in the undertaken, every effort should be made to ensure that, Ghanaians enjoy free, fair and peaceful elections.
He noted that, Ghana would not like to go the way of other countries whose elections have been fraught with acts of violence and bloodshed, adding that Ghana must be seen as a citadel of peace, democracy and development in Africa.