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Ya Na`s Burial Still Pending

2005-03-03 12:17:00
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Ya Naa Yakubu
In his State of the Nation Address, President Kufuor gave the pledge that he would work tirelessly towards the burial of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II this year.
It was in March 2002 that violence erupted in the Dagbon traditional capital of Yendi which led to the death of the paramount chief (Ya Na) and several others. The Abudu-Andani conflict gained prominence in Ghana's lexicon of infamous deeds after that.

Ominously, a call for peace by some members of the Andani family, that is the family and supporters of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II in the crisis has created a division among Andanis as some hardliners disagree with any solution that is not based on their terms.

Rumours have been circulating in Yendi that the Ya-Na's burial has been slated for tomorrow, Thursday, March 3, 2005 though the renovation of the palace, where the funeral would take place has been at a standstill for close to three years due to squabbling between the two factions.

Yendi District Chief Executive Alhaji Muhammed Habib Tijani told the ADM that no arrangement has been made yet regarding Ya-Na Yakubu Andani's burial. His office, he said, had not the slightest hint on when the event would take place.

He said he was aware that a good number of people mistook the burial arrangements of the late Lawra Na, Abayifa Karbo for that of the Ya-Na.

On those Andanis calling for peace, Alhaji Habib Tijani said he was not aware that the call was coming from Yendi, but "it might have come from their intellectuals in Tamale and Accra, but to the best of my knowledge not Yendi".

The ADM has information that moderates in the Andani family have called for the burial of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II within the shortest possible time.

They also agree that the other family, that is Abudu gate should be allowed to perform the funeral of another Ya Na (Mohammed Abudulai IV) who died in 1988 and whose funeral has been pending since.

This arrangement would have been for the Abudus to perform Na Mahamadu's funeral after which they will vacate the palace to the Andanis to perform Ya Na Yakubu Andani's.

This suggestion does not seem to go down well with the Andani hardliners, "who are looking forward to postponing the burial and funeral rites of the late Ya Na to after the 2008 elections" hoping perhaps that it would once more become a partisan political issue.

A source that called the ADM from Yendi yesterday said the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani could have been buried even before the December 2004 elections, "but these people delayed the process hoping the NPP would lose the elections to pave the way for them to victimise some NPP officials whom they have linked to the late king's death."


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