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Kuga-Na Initiates Moves to Bury Yaa-Na

2006-03-13 12:46:22
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Ya Naa Yakubu
The acting President of the Dagbon Traditional Council, Kuga-Na Abdulai Braimah, has expressed the preparedness of the council to entomb the remains of the late Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, this month.

"I have made the relevant customary consultations with the bereaved family and we have once again firmly agreed to entomb the mortal remains of the late King and to install his regent in April this year," he stated.

According to the Kuga-Na, when that was done, he would be relieved of his acting position as the president of the council to concentrate on the traditional and cultural affairs of Dagbon that had suffered setbacks since the murder of the Ya-Na about four years ago.

In a letter addressed to the three-member Committee of Eminent Chiefs, led by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Kuga-Na appealed to the committee to grant him the permission to carry out his responsibilities in relation to the burial and the subsequent installation of the Gong-Lana (Regent).

To ensure that there is no breach of the peace, the Kuga-Na said, "I appeal to Your Majesties to request the authorities to re-enforce security in Yendi in general and around the palace in particular during the entire process."

"I fervently hope that this letter will be given the urgency it deserves to enable us to lay to rest, with dignity, the mortal remains of our late King," the Kuga-Na said.

The letter also entreated the eminent chiefs to assist in retaining existing Dagbon customs and to avoid the creation of a parallel authority in the Dagbon Kingdom.

The Kuga-Na recalled that since the murder of the Ya-Na in March 2002, he and his elders had made several attempts to inter the remains of the King to no avail.

"Programmes to that effect were made in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Regrettably, however, they have always been frustrated and aborted," he stated.

“The latest attempt was made on April 11, last year. It was, however, aborted following the entrenched positions by the two main factions in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis, the Andanis and the Abudus.

While the Andanis insisted that it would amount to a sacrilege to bury the Ya-Na without arrangements to install his eldest son as the regent (Gbong-Lana), the Abudus, on the other hand, contended that since a former Ya-Na, Muhammadu Abdulai, died earlier, his regent should be allowed to perform his father's funeral first before the investiture of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani’s son as a regent," the letter stated.

source: graphic

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