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2006-03-21 12:24:23
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Ya Naa Yakubu
The Mion Lana Alhassan Abudu Ziblim, head of the Abudus royal gate of Dagbon says the gate would co-operate with the Andanis to bury Ya Na Yakubu Andani II, the Overlord of Dagbon, but would resist any attempt to install his regent.
Mion-Lana Alhassan Abudu Ziblim, has therefore called for the formation of a burial committee to address the security and logistics needed for the burial.

He said: "We wish to remind our brothers from the Andani family and the whole world that the Otumfuo Committee of Eminent Chiefs' peace process is ongoing. We will continue to have faith in that process and pray that our brothers will abandon their unilateral programme and return to the peace process after the burial of the Ya Na".

The Mion-Lana noted that the Committee of Eminent Chiefs had in place a five-step programme in their roadmap to peace in Dagbon, which included the burial of Ya Na Yakubu Andani and the performance of the funeral of another Ya Na, Mahamadu Abdulai V, who died in 1987.

The programme also includes the performance of the funeral of former Ya-Na Yakubu Andani; the assessment of gate skins and the search for the next Ya Na.

The Mion-Lana said if the Kuga-Na, Abdulai Braimah and the Andani family chose to ignore the Abudu family and all those who had invested time and resources into the peace process; they did so to their own detriment and the security of Dagbon.

He said no self-respecting elder of Dagbon tradition, with the calibre of the Kuga-Na, should want to ignore and obliterate the legacy and memory of the former Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulai.

"In the true spirit of the Supreme Court ruling of December 17, 1986...and the August 14, 1987 Memorandum of Agreement on the Yendi Skin dispute, the Abudu royal family intends to perform the funeral of the late Ya Na Mahamadu Abdulai after the body of Ya Na Yakubu Andani is laid to rest", the Mion-Lana said.

"We support the burial of the late king but we will resist any attempt by the Andani Family to highjack or by-pass the peace process and proceed to install a regent after the burial", he stressed.

He said the Abudus would "continue to participate in any peace process that aims at genuinely delivering a workable solution acceptable to both families".

The Mion-Lana said it had never been their position to oppose or resist the burial of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani and had on numerous occasions expressed their willingness and desire to co-operate and assist the Andani Family in the burial process.

Fourteen Chiefs and a large number of Abudu youth attended the press conference. The Mion-Lana said the Abudus believed that if the two families work together it would inspire the peace process and send a strong positive signal all over Dagbon.

"It is our hope that a befitting burial for the late King will open the opportunity for both sides to address the difficult issues of the peace process," he said.

source: accra-mail

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