The Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya- Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani has categorically stated that his late father, Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II funeral will not be performed as scheduled for January 4 to 18, 2019.
According to him, the late Kings' immediate family has been sidelined in the implementation of the final roadmap to peace restoration in Dagbon.
He emphasized that the sons and daughters of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II are in the dark, hence the family's non-negotiable defiance to the timelines for the two Dagbon Overlords funerals performance.
The Kampakuya- Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani exclusively spoke to Abdul Karim Naatogmah at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.
The Reporter who has pitched camp in Yendi visited the Kampakuya- Naa and the Boling-Lana's palaces in Yendi, Monday, November 10, 2018.
He said government and the Asantehene-led Mediation Committee have been misled by some "Opportunists" in the Andani family who represented the Andani Royals at the Jubilee House where the final roadmap was submitted to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
"The roadmap to peace that has been tabled by the Eminent Chiefs and H.E the President is a welcome news. As for a funeral of any deceased, wherever it is found it should be performed,but in the case of the Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II and as the first son I am in the dark. Nobody has come to officially inform me about my late father's funeral."he said
He added that,"Those who went to Kumasi and finally to Accra, the Yoo-Naa, Lawyer Ibrahim and co did not have any discussions with me. Secondly, the last time I saw some of them here in this palace was last year 2017. So if you are to perform my father's funeral you need to consult me, the widows are not aware and the immediate family are not aware,My brothers and sisters are not aware, we all heard it on the airwaves. So how do we believe it? Since they returned from Accra, nobody, none of those who said they represented the Andani family has appeared at the Gbewaa Palace to even discuss anything concerning the roadmap till date. So where is the seriousness?"
He stressed that, "This is my concern and it is the concern of the family and so we are in a dilemma. So the immediate family of the late Yaa-Naa's, the children and the widows are not aware."
The disturbed Regent of Dagbon however said the immediate family of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II family will soften their stance if the three Eminent Kings Mediation Committee and government take the right steps.
He said the final roadmap should be consistent with the traditions and customs of Dagbon.
The Kampakuya- Naa also advised the media to see Dagombas as a united family and stop tagging them as Abudus and Andanis.
In a related development, the Head of the Abudus family, Mba Dugu Iddrisu Iddi raised concern about the absence of a sacred room called Naadoni- Duu on the site plan of the ongoing construction works at the Old Gbewaa Palace.
He said the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV will be incomplete without the said sacred room.
He narrated that the late Naa Abdulai Bela and Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV occupied that room during their namship.
Mba Dugu Iddrisu Iddi said the Asantehene-led Mediation Committee and the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) attention has been drawn to their major concern.
He nonetheless reaffirmed the Abudu family's compliance with the implementation of the final roadmap to the restoration of peace in Dagbon.
The three Eminent Kings,Mediation Committee finally resolved that the late two Yaa-Naas funerals should be performed beginning with that of Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV on Friday December 14 to December 28, 2018.
This will be followed by the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II from January 4 to January 18, 2019.