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"My Heart Bleeds For Dagbon" - Otumfuo


2006-08-30 19:09:13
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THE Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has asked the two feuding gates in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis to respect the Roadmap agreed towards restoring peace to the area. A date will soon be fixed for the funeral of the late Ya Na Mohamadu Abdullai, the meeting at Manhyia agreed yesterday.

Otumfuo said resorting to violence all the time will not solve the problems in the area and will only aggravate the plight of the people since no development can go on.

The Asantehene had invited representatives of the two gates together with members of the Northern Regional Security Council to the Manhyia Palace yesterday in a bid to nip in the bud the renewed clashes in Yendi last Friday.

The two other members of the Committee of eminent chiefs, Nayiri Na Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga and Yagbonwura Bawa Doshie were not present at yesterday’s meeting due to the short notice of the meeting.

Otumfuo said he had to delay his trip to Libya in order to meet the feuding parties in a bid to restore calm in the area.

"My love for Dagbon is so great that whenever I hear of any eruption of crisis my heart bleeds. You are all my children and I have to find a way to stop those brutalities," he stressed.

He recalled how the committee of which he is the chairman and the two gates came out with a roadmap supposed to lead to peace in the area.

He said implementation of the agreement had begun with the burial of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani and the installation of his regent.

The next point in the roadmap, he said, was for both gates to come back to Manhyia for further discussions as regards when and where the funeral of the late Ya Na Mohamadu Abdullai will take place.

That, he said, had not been done and already crisis had erupted again in the area.

He advised the two parties against suspicions, mistrust and machinations which he said would only deepen the crisis.

He said members of both gates were mature enough and therefore any time decisions were made and they felt dissatisfied he expected them to be bold enough to point it out.

He questioned the rationale behind the storming of the Gbewaa Palace by the youth of the Abudu gate and why members of the Andani gate circulated false information about the funeral of late Ya Na Abdullai.

“Let us always be guided by the customs and traditions of Dagbon to solve the problems there,” he said adding that they must not allow people to destroy Dagbon for their selfish interest.

The Asantehene in consultation with representatives of the Northern Regional Security Council agreed to come out with a date for a meeting soon after he returns from his trip to Libya to consider a date for the funeral of the late Ya-Na Abdullai.

source: Times

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