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Ensure Befitting Burial For Ya-Naa


2006-04-04 12:22:20
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Ya Naa Yakubu
AN appeal has been made to the elders, chiefs and opinion leaders of the Dagbon Traditional area, to co-exist peacefully to give the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, a befitting burial.

The Northern Youth Peace and Development Association (NYUPED), an NGO made the appeal at a news conference in Accra yesterday.

The Executive Director of the organization Mr. Hardi Adams, said that last month marked the fourth anniversary of the death of the Ya-Na and 40 others which led to the current unrest in the Dagbon traditional area.


He said that the death of the Ya-Na, had caused a lot of misunderstanding among some groups in the northern region and the country.

“The unfortunate event has led to broken names particularly between couples from both gates who have been inter-married and also displaced a lot of families with most of the youth fleeing the area for fear of being killed.”

Mr. Adams said that although both gates had their grievances and differences, the need for total peace in the Dagbon traditional area should be paramount.

He noted that the money and logistics which had been provided to ensure peace in the area could have been used to provide basic amenities such as schools, hospitals and potable water.

“NYUPED therefore seizes this opportunity to appeal passionately to both the Abudu and Andani gates, chiefs, opinion leaders and the youth to come together and smoke the piece pipe for the sake of the entire society.”

“They must put all negative tendencies behind them and forge ahead as a united Dagbon” adding that the youth of the area should not be left out of all deliberations geared towards bringing peace to the area.

The Executive Director said that the conflict had compelled many people particularly young girls and boys to migrate to Accra and other cities.

He appealed to the public not to politicize the death and burial of the late Ya-Na but rather join forces to give the late king an incident free burial.

Mr. Adams also expressed gratitude to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the other eminent chiefs and leaders of the two gates for their efforts in seeing to the burial of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani on Monday April 10.

He appealed to the security agencies to provide adequate security in the area before, during and after his burial to ensure total peace.

source: Times

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