Ghanaian Chief Appeals for Religious Tolerance, Interfaith Work in Africa

June 28, 2004

Source: afrol News

On June 28, 2004 afrol News reported, "Ghanaian Paramount Chief Togbe Afede XIV, has appealed for tolerance and reciprocal respect among Africa's peoples, saying conflict was one reason why the continent had grown poorer over the past 25 years. The regional leader of Ho-Asogli state in the Volta region, urged African governments to endeavour to strengthen peace by working toward a more equal and just society. In a candid presentation during the opening session of the West African Inter-Faith Peace Summit in Ghana's eastern city of Ho, Afede XIV cited tribalism, intolerance, poverty, excessive politicisation of governance and corruption as some of the most significant causes of conflicts in Africa...He cited the formation of the Sudan Inter-Religious Council as an opportunity for the country's religious communities to play a significant role in facilitating a "communication corridor" between the northern and southern regions in the implementation of the peace process. Mr Mbacké said inter-faith initiatives facilitated the establishment of the first contact between Ethiopian and Eritrean religious communities and faith groups. 'We believe that as a consequence, an inter-faith body will be formed soon in Eritrea that will strengthen inter-religious dialogue and cooperation for peace,' he said."