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The Good Elders of Dagbon Have Demonstrated Collective Wisdom


2006-04-09 19:20:06
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We are Proud of Them for their Mutual Desire for Peace and Unity

The Good Elders of the Andani and the Abudu Royal Families have demonstrated a high sense of wisdom and their collective desire to seek peace and unity in the Dagomba Kingdom. The arrival, today, March 30, 2006, at a mutual, unified resolution to the bottlenecks that divided the two feuding families in the past over the burial of Ya Naa Yakubu Andani II, the installation of his regent, and ultimately, the performance of the final funeral rites of both Naa Yakubu Andani II and Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV, manifests the strong desire of all Dagombas to bury the hatchet and smoke the peace pipe.

The resolution, which was reached during peace talks at the Ashantehene’s palace in Kumasi under the auspices of the Eminent Chiefs: The Ashantehene, Nayiri, and Yegbun-Wura, has turned a new page in the chieftaincy dispute that gripped the Great Dagomba Kingdom for well over four years. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the three-member committee of Eminent Chiefs for their wisdom, maturity, patience, endurance, and efforts in carving the path to peace for Dagbon. The advice of the Eminent Chiefs, which the Dagbon Elders mutually accepted, is to set the tone for peace and unity to return to Dagbon. And today, All Dagombas are winners, and no Dagomba is a loser. It is victory for all. The win-win-win dream for the Andanis, the Abudus, and All Dagombas has come true today. And more victory for peace and unity for All Dagombas will follow, because this is just the beginning. The strength of Dagbon is about to peak once again, and we shall demonstrate to everyone in the world that, this time round, we are for eternal peace in the Great Kingdom of Dagbon.

What our Elders have demonstrated today is a sign that they have the future of the Great Dagomba Kingdom and our posterity at heart and have resolved to allow the quest for peace and unity to override the quest for factional ambitions. This is laudable and we are all proud of our Elders. They should keep up the momentum for peace and unity of all Dagombas by reconciling their remaining differences among themselves, apologizing to each other, and letting bygones be bygones. It is not shameful to tell a brother or sister that you are sorry for whatever transpired in the past; rather it is a sign of wisdom and maturity. We can now turn our attention to strengthening our internal relations and working together for the development of the Great Dagomba Kingdom. Our forefathers: Naa Yakubu I (circa 1824-1849) and his sons: Naa Abudulai I (circa 1849-1876) and Naa Andani II (circa 1876-1899), will be proud of these Good Elders of Dagbon who chose today, peace and unity instead of chaos and disunity.

Further, I urge all Dagombas, Andanis and Abudus alike, to re-unite and peacefully support each other during the burial and final funeral rites of Naa Yakubu Andani II and Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV as well as other subsequent traditional rites. From now on, let us cry together as one family in time of sorrow and laugh together in time of joy. Our forefathers have proven to us that Dagbon shall always prevail as a strong, powerful kingdom. The evil that besieged our proud Dagomba Kingdom has been defeated and cast away.

Thank you so very much the Wise Elders of the Andani and the Abudu Royal Gates.
God bless Dagbon! Long Live Dagbon!

Very Sincerely,

Natogmah Issahaku (Dagbon peace and unity Advocate)

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