President John Mahama is urging the people in Soo and Wasipe traditional areas of the North East and Savanna Regions, respectively to end the hostilities.
In a statement the former President also called on the two communities to rather channel their energy to curbing poverty and deprivation.
“I have learnt with regret and great disappointment recent hostilities between sections of the Gonja and Mamprusi communities along a disputed border between the Soo and Wasipe traditional areas of the North East and Savanna Regions, respectively.
“These hostilities, emanating from disputes over traditional jurisdictional issues, have led to the destruction of property and loss of lives. This is unfortunate,” Mr. Mahama stated.
He continued: “Gonjas and Mamprusis have lived together peacefully for ages and have become family through intermarriage and other social relationships. We must endeavour to co-exist peacefully and deploy non-violent means to resolve disputes instead of resorting to arms at the slightest provocation.”
The former President stated that the issues that unite them must surpass those that divide both communities.
“I urge the people of Soo and Wasipe to channel their resources and energy into fighting poverty and deprivation, our common enemies.
“I call for the urgent intervention of the Overloads of Mamprugu and Gonjaland and the Paramount Chiefs of the Soo and Wasipe Traditional Areas to restore calm and deploy time-tested traditional and peaceful means to resolve the dispute,” Mr. Mahama stated.
He further call on the Ministers for Chieftancy, National Security, and Interior and the North East and Savanna Regional Security Councils to take urgent steps to resolve the conflict and restore calm to the area.
“Let me assure my brothers and sisters in Mamprugu and Gonjaland of my readiness to assist in any way possible to bring lasting peace to the area,” the former President added.