Peace can only exist without justice in a nation of powerless citizens – John Mahama

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Former President John Mahama has said that justice is necessary in any country for peace to reign. It is only in a nation with powerless people, according to him, that harmony will exist without justice.

After his party announced their decision to challenge the results of the just-finished election that John Mahama claimed was not free and fair, but was rigged for his rival, Nana Akufo-Addo, Mr. Mahama said this when he addressed the nation.

“It is only in governments where the people are powerless and at the mercy of those who hold office that peace can exist without justice, or at least what passes as peace.”

John Mahama said he is battling in court for the same thing Akufo-Addo fought for, eliminating doubts and establishing a mechanism to address concerns in 2012.

“I have been asked by some people what I expect to achieve by questioning the outcome of this election. Let me tell you: maybe I want the very same thing my opponent wanted when he questioned the outcome of that election in 2012; I want the elimination of doubt. I want all of us to realize that our elections should be open, fair and safe, and that we don’t have to settle for a process that leaves us confused and with more questions than answers.

“I want a Ghana where state agencies can be held accountable. Where we can, without the fear of losing our lives, stand on principle and demand accountability.

When people lose their lives in our elections, as seven people did, we step backwards, not forward; we unravel the very fabric of our democracy; we threaten the loss of development worth three decades.

The respondents, the EC and Chairman Akufo-Addo, have 10 days to reply.

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