Former President John Mahama has expressed his sadness and disappointment over the recent violent clashes between some Gonja and Mamprusi groups along a disputed border between two traditional areas in North East and Savanna Regions.
The conflict, which was triggered by disagreements over chieftaincy matters, resulted in several deaths and injuries, as well as destruction of properties.
In a Facebook post, Mr Mahama said he was deeply concerned about the impact of these clashes on the lives and livelihoods of the people in the affected areas.
He called for an urgent intervention by traditional authorities, security agencies, and government officials to restore calm and resolve the dispute through peaceful means.
He also appealed to both sides to respect each other’s rights and dignity, and to focus on fighting poverty and deprivation instead of violence.
He said Gonjas and Mamprusis have a long history of peaceful coexistence and intermarriage, and that they should not allow their differences to divide them.
He assured his brothers and sisters in both communities of his readiness to assist in any way possible to bring lasting peace to the area.