The Foundation for Security and Development in West Africa (FOSDA), a group that concerns itself with security issues in the sub-region, says that the current impasse at the Wesley Girls Senior High School has the tendency of undermining the peace and stability that country currently enjoys.
The group says that the way by which the conversation surrounding the impasse “has taken religious undertones” is very worrying.
It says that “leaders should understand that we are all sensitive to our religious beliefs and so we should be very sensitive on how we handle this issue and the kind of utterances we make”.
In an exclusive interview with UniversNews, Programs Manager of FOSDA, Madam Theodora Anti, observed that Ghana is one of the examples when it comes to the two dominant religions, Christianity and Islam, living together harmoniously.
She explained that this peaceful coexistence between the two religions has contributed to Ghana being singled out of the violent extremism attacks that continuously rock the sub-region.
Madam Theodora Anti said the current impasse must be immediately addressed to forestall a destabilization of the country’s peace.
“…to see this conversation in the public domain or this kind of seeming conflict in the public domain – finger-pointing and all sort of words coming from leaders of these two religious bodies, it is very very worrying and we are very much afraid that if we don’t tackle it well and immediately it will undermine the peace that we have enjoyed, will undermine the peaceful coexistence between the two religions in the country which will not augur well for the country,” she said.
Further speaking, Madam Theodora Anti called for a national dialogue to determine standards on religious practices in schools and the authority that heads of Senior High Schools wield stressing that “where there is lack of authority there is likely to be mayhem and insecurity”.
“We have to have a national dialogue about what we accept as a society otherwise we are heading for trouble. For peace and security, it is important that we hold a national dialogue on what kind of standards we want in our Senior High Schools…that we all agree on as much as possible. And also what kind of powers do the school leadership have because we have seen the heads of these schools give directives and then GES will do a counter directive and you are wondering where are we heading towards because where there is lack of authority there is likely to be mayhem and insecurity and so GES’s authority in some of these cases is very important but where the authority is thrown out of the window because it lacks the moral and public backing…it is very worrying” she stated.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com