Chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi has said the issue between Nogokpo town and the founder of Perez Chapel International Archbishop Charles Agyinasare could escalate if the Council does not intervene.
He said if care is not taken, there could be a conflict between traditional worshipers and Christians, a situation he said the Council is trying to avoid.
Speaking on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 Tuesday, June 6, Rev Adu-Gyamfi said “You will recall that the Wesley Girls incident, it was an issue between one family and the school but just after that incident there was a spillover and the situation suddenly became a conflict between Muslims and Christians.
“In this particular case, we have a conflict between one town and a shrine and one church but the Peace Council believes that if we don’t provide an intervention now there could be a spillover, and we could suddenly have a conflict between Christians and traditional rulers and the traditional worshipers so there is the need for us to provide intervention as soon as possible so that this situation does not escalate into something else as a country.”
The National Peace Council earlier said its Volta Region branch has commenced a process to engage all parties for an amicable redress of the impasse between authorities of Nogokpo Archbishop Charles Agyinasare.
“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,” it said in a statement issued by Chairman Rev Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi.
This follows a 14-day ultimatum given to Archbishop Agyinasare to report to Nogokpo over commentary he made after the traditional authorities raised concerns about his citing of the town as the demonic headquarters of the Volta Region.
The man of God was seeking to clarify his allusion to the town in a recent sermon, to the extent of apologising to the good people of Nogokpo.
But led by Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey on Friday, June 2, the authorities said the Perez Chapel International founder showed no remorse, hence the summon.
The National Peace Council called attention to all and sundry in Ghana about the peaceful coexistence between different faiths.
“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,” it urged in the statement.