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Letter to President J. A. Kuffour (NPP)


2005-04-02 09:37:44
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I am writing this note to You, Your Excellency, with great honour and pleasure as one of the sons of mother Ghana.
As You know, Your Excellency, the chieftaincy problem of Dagbon is a worry for all Dagombas as well as for You, The President of The Nation.
In the light of the chieftaincy problem, I have put my thoughts together in the attached proposal which, if You, Your Excellency, and all Dagombas consider, could lead us to a plan that would in turn, bring everlasting peace to the Dagbon Traditional area.

His Excellency, The President of The Republic of Ghana
Mr. J. A. Kuffour
The Office of The President
Accra

27th March, 2005

Your Excellency,

I am writing this note to You, Your Excellency, with great honour and pleasure as one of the sons of mother Ghana.
As You know, Your Excellency, the chieftaincy problem of Dagbon is a worry for all Dagombas as well as for You, The President of The Nation.
In the light of the chieftaincy problem, I have put my thoughts together in the attached proposal which, if You, Your Excellency, and all Dagombas consider, could lead us to a plan that would in turn, bring everlasting peace to the Dagbon Traditional area.

The recipe for peace and unity in Dagbon, as contained in the proposal requires some ingredients which are right in Your Excellency’s hands. The ingredients under Your Excellency’s control include, inter alia, seeing to the service of justice in the Yendi Massacre of 27th March, 2002 and taking the initiatives to get the feuding factions in the Yendi Skin dispute to start reconciliation talks aimed at attaining peace in Dagbon forever.

As far as the Dagbon chieftaincy problem is concerned, the analogy that can be drawn between Ghana, as a nation, and Dagbon, as one of the several traditional entities within her, is that: Ghana is like a “being” with several “organs” and “parts”(anatomy), one of which is ailing and needs a cure. And with or without this “organ” or “part,” the “being” can still survive, but with severe pain, problems, and at a great cost. This ailing “organ” or “part” is Dagbon and this “being”is Ghana. The recipe needed to cure this ailment consists of several ingredients, some of which I have presented in a proposal contained in the attached document. The other ingredients, I solemnly and humbly appeal to You, Your Excellency, to contribute in order to prepare the recipe needed to cure Dagbon.

In my personal view, the proposal is unique and far-reaching, which if adopted and implemented with seriousness and commitment, could end the Dagbon dispute forever. It is expected that The Abudus and The Andanis will play their part in the process, with Your contribution serving as an indispensable supplement in the reconciliation and peace process.

Your Excellency, Mr. President, in the attached document, I have agreed with You in some aspects of Your good statesmanship and the feats You have achieved for Dagbon so far: construction of roads, nevertheless, in others I have some differences with You, and I think Your Excellency will agree with me to disagree with You, Your Excellency, on these particular issues. These differences aren’t personal in anyway; rather they are expressions of facts that are pertinent to the issue at stake and for which You, Your Excellency and I, just like many others in Ghana are looking forward to resolving amicably and fairly. The expression of these concerns is in line with the democratic values of our great nation and in accordance with the stipulations of our constitution.

At the personal level, I wish to assure Your Excellency that I am neither against You nor Your Excellency’s government; rather I admire You for the incredible achievements booked thus far for Ghana, just like those before you. Similarly, I am not against any of the feuding Royal Gates in the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute, as I am neither a politician nor a Dagbon chieftaincy activist, and never will. What I am seeking for the Good People of Dagbon is justice, reconciliation, peace, unity, and prosperity.

Your Excellency, I have the strong conviction that, if this proposal is carefully studied, adopted, and implemented, we could arrive at everlasting peace and unity in Dagbon. In that case, I believe Your Excellency’s efforts and contributions, as a chief Facilitator, could witness a lot of political dividends in Dagbon in the medium and long-term.

Your Excellency, I ask for permission to end this note with the hope that this proposal will be considered with all the seriousness it deserves and the appropriate action taken to make the realization of peace and unity in Dagbon a dream-come-true. I solemnly and humbly ask for Your Excellency’s understanding and urgent action on this proposal and the Dagbon chieftaincy issue.

Thank You, Your Excellency.

Yours Sincerely,

Issahaku Natogmah

Hails from Jisonaayilli, near Tamale

For proposal document go to Dagbon Chieftaincy Crisis

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