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Minister to Ghanaians: Let’s pray for Bawku

The Upper East regional town has been hit with conflict that has been linked to chieftaincy with the recent installation of a new Bawku Naba aggravating the situation

The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, has appealed to Ghanaians to pray for peace in Bawku and the amicable resolution of the tribal conflict.

The minister said the age-long conflict, which claimed lives, has affected education, banking, healthcare delivery and social activities, with more than 200 workers fleeing the area.

Yakubu was speaking when he received the National Council of Fulani Chiefs who presented relief items to Burkinabe refugees in the Bawku West District,

He said the intervention of God is needed to return peace to the troubled town.

“I know that most of you are Muslims. I also want to put it before you that this region needs a lot of prayers. You all hear about what is happening in Bawku. It’s a very terrible problem for us. We have teachers and nurses who have left the place and banks have closed”, Yakubu told the delegation of Fulani chiefs.

Yakubu said although the conflict situation was unpredictable, it was refreshing that relative peace was beginning to return to the town.

He, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians offer intercessory prayers for the once bubbly town and its people.

He said, “things are a little bit better for the past three weeks. But Bawku is like that you never know it can start at anytime. It is only God that will intervene,”

“I want you to remember us in your prayers so that Bawku will continue to be calm so that people can live their normal lives,”

For his part, the President of the Council, Alhaji Iddrisu Mohammed Bingle, urged the people of Bawku to give peace a chance. He said the persistence of the conflict was derailing development efforts.

Alhaji Bingle, while expressing worry over the conflict, stressed that the Fulani community will continue to offer special prayers for Bawku and its people and hope for an end to the fighting.

He also assured maximum cooperation between the Fulani community and the Upper East Regional Security Council to fight perceived crimes and improve the peaceful coexistence between Fulanis and the people of the region.

Reporting by Senyalah Castro in the Upper East Region

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