Performance of Funeral Rites and Installation of a New Yaa-Na in Dagbang
The Dagbang Forum has received with great relief, the news that the Asantehene-led Mediation Committee of Eminent Chiefs has successfully facilitated an agreement between the Abudu and Andani feuding parties and arrived at a schedule for the performance of the funerals of the two Yaa Nas.
The mediation committee resolved that the Abudu Royals should perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa, Mahamadu Abdulai, beginning December 14 to 28, 2018; and to be followed by the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II from January 4 to 18, 2019. According to the statement, the funerals are to be performed in the old Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nayiri, Naa Bohigu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga and Yogbunwura Tuntumba Boresa I. We commend their wisdom, diplomacy and, above all, patience in getting us to this point. We also acknowledge the government’s commitment to bringing lasting peace among this big and historically influential descendants of Naa Gbewaa.
The Dagbang Forum wishes to call on all sons and daughters of Dagbang to seize this opportunity to usher in a new dawn of hope. We particularly call on the Muslim Cleric to preach peace, tolerance and understanding among neighbors in Dagbang.
We urge both families to remain resolute and focused on the singular objective of organising these funerals with pride and harmony, and to make present and future generations continue to remember both occasions.
We must remain vigilant against hostile and aggressive tendencies seeking to undermine this momentous opportunity for peace and development. To this end, we call on the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to facilitate the promotion of peace, and tolerance among the people.
The Northern Regional Security Council should also make it clear to those seeking to abuse the situation and cause confusion that the right to free speech must be exercised responsibly.
The Regional Security Council, Religious leaders, Opinion leaders MUST ignore machinations by chieftaincy contractors whose evil plots marred previous attempts to resolve the issues. Journalists and media houses should not allow their facilities to be used to cause disaffection.
We urge creativity, tolerance, and tact on the part of elders from both families with responsibility for the performance of these funerals.
We are resolute in our commitment to support the process, and to stand up against anybody seeking to thwart this process. Dagbang deserves peace, cultural harmony and a healthy continuity of the time-tested traditional system of administration.
Once again, we thank the Eminent Kings for their dedication. We also thank the Almighty Allah and call on all Ghanaians to support this peace process.
Dagbang Forum (DF)