The Gonjaland Youth Association has expressed its commitment to protect Gonjaland and has urged the youth and chiefs of the Gonja Kingdom to remain calm as they use legal means to rectify a land litigation issues in the Wasipe traditional area between the Gonjas and the Mamprusi.
In a reactive press statement to the comments of one chief Soonaaba Nantongma Seidu on 30th November, 2021 which according to the association has the tendency of promoting conflict and violence, has noted that the Gonja people are a peace loving people who always promote peaceful co-existence with other people who they share common boarders with them.
The association also described the said comments of chief Soonaaba Nantongma in Joy News report by the North East regional reporter for the media, one Eliasu Tanko as unfortunate, regrettable and to be a report which is self-serving and seeking to promote conflict between the two ethnic groups.
“Our attention has been drawn to a news item which was carried by Joy News on 30th November, 2021 about looming tension at Lukula of the Wasipe Teaditional Area in the North Gonja District of the Savannah Region. The said report by the Joy News Reporter, Eliasu Tanko of the North East Region, was unfortunate and regrettable. It was completely needless, misplaced and self-serving, as it seeks to promote avoidable conflict in the area”, the association noted.
“We reiterate our disappointment in the Joy News Reporter, Eliasu Tanko, and the media house for publishing comments by individuals who seek to promote violence and conflict. We are aware of the personal interest the Reporter has in this matter, but a reputable media platform like Joy News should not be allowed to be used by him to disturb the peace of the peace in the area”, the statement added.
The association has, however, expressed its commitment to collaborate with the regional ministers of both the Savannah region and the North East Region, the security agencies and has promised to explore legal means to resolving the matter.
“We the leadership and membership of GLYA stand firmly by the Savannah Regional Minister and the Security Agencies in their efforts aimed at bringing lasting peace in the area. We have a lot of trust in them, and believe in their strategies in this regard. We are, therefore, urging the Chiefs and people of Wasipe Traditional Area in particular, and Gonjaland in general, to remain calm and peaceful, and allow appropriate and lawful authorities to handle the matter in accordance with the laws of Ghana”, the statement said.
The statement added saying “We the leadership and membership of GLYA will use every lawful means to ensure that not even a small piece of land legitimately belonging to Wasipe Traditional Area and for that matter Gonjaland gets lost to anybody, either through intimidationn, threat, conflict or any other reason, as some Elders and Chiefs of Janga appear to promote”.