Dagbon Forum commends Otumfuo for settling Abudu, Andani impasse

The national executives of the Dagbon Forum have commended the Committee of Eminent Chiefs led by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II after an announcement of a roadmap to restore peace to Dagbon in the Northern Region.

The Mediation Committee resolved recently that the Abudu and Andani royal families should perform the funeral rites of the late Ya Na Mahamadu Abdulai IV from 14 December 2018 to 28 December 2018; and the funeral rites of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II from 4 January 2019 to 14 January 2019.

The committee declared that both funerals should be observed at the old Gbewaa Palace.

At a news conference held in Tamale to express gratitude to the Asantehene, the Nayiri, Naa Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Shariga and the Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa I, thanked the committee for their wisdom, diplomacy and patience.

The National Vice-President of the Dagbon Forum, Mr Sintaro Mahama acknowledged the commitment shown by both the previous and current administrations in ensuring peace in the area.

He implored Muslim clerics in Dagbon to preach peace, tolerance and understanding among neighbours in Dagbon.

He encouraged the people to shun hostile and aggressive tendencies, which could throw the roadmap out of gear.

“To this end, we call on the Northern Regional Coordinating Council and all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to facilitate the promotion of peace and tolerance among our people”, he added.

He also urged the Northern Regional Peace Council, religious and opinion leaders, to disregard attempts by ‘chieftaincy contractors’, whose “evil plots”, according to the group, marred previous attempts to resolve the impasse.

“We are resolute in our commitment to support the process and to stand up against anybody seeking to thwart this process. Dagbon deserves peace, cultural harmony and a healthy continuity of the time-tested traditional system of administration”, he stated.

Mr Mahama further cautioned the media against allowing people to use their media to cause chaos in the area.