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Takoradi Abudu Youth Unhappy

2007-08-08 17:24:15
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THE TAKORADI youth wing of the Abudu royal gate in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis have joined their counterparts countrywide to express worry over the delay on the part of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs chaired by his Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to continue with the roadmap to ensure a lasting peace in Dagbon.

The road map, which was designed in the heat of the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute, was to serve as a guiding principle to be followed by all the parties in the dispute, which was agreed on the 30th of March 2006.

According to the youth, some of the issues agreed upon before the implementation of the road map included the burial of the late Ya Naa Yakubu Andani, the enskinment of a Regent which was to be followed by the performance of the funeral of the late Yaa Naa Mohammadu Abdulai before the enskinment of a new Ya Naa.

At a press conference organized by the youth in Takoradi at the weekend accompanied with a release issued, Alhaji Mugisu Sebaswey, the National President of the wing appealed to the Committee of Eminent Chiefs to expedite action and continue with the roadmap exercise to ensure lasting peace.

In the said roadmap, Asantehene Osei Tutu II, Chairman of the Eminent Chiefs had declared that, after the burial of the late Ya Naa Yakubu Andani, enskinment of the regent was to follow next with the consent of both royal gates.

They were also to meet with the committee of eminent chiefs to work out modalities and programmes for the funeral rights of late Naa Mohammadu Abdulai to be performed.

However the wing told the conference that though the first two key issues as enumerated in the roadmap as agreed and carried out, the burial of the late Ya Naa Yakubu and the enskinment of a regent that was to follow had not been carried out to that effect as enshrined in the roadmap peace exercise.

As a result, the wing has called on the government and the Committee of the Eminent Chiefs to resume talks with the two royal families of Dagbon to ensure the implementation of the roadmap to the peace exercise. ‘’We have said this in Yendi, Kumasi and Suynani but nothing has been done’’ they said urging the Committee not to shirk in their responsibility of ensuring a lasting peace for Dagbon.

The youth stated that they would want to assure government and the Committee of Eminent Chiefs that they have lost confidence in their elders in the Abudu family as an accomplice to who ever was delaying the implementation of the roadmap.

“The credibility as we earlier mentioned is gradually declining because of the numerous unfulfilled promises they have relayed from the Committee of Eminent Chiefs’’ they averred.

The fear indeed to them now is that, “the leadership have lost control over the entire members of the Abudu family which could indeed be very devastating in the wake of any conflict trigger” they alerted, pointing out that they were more prepared as youth to go by the decision of the eminent chiefs and wondered why the delay at this moment.

To this end, they have urged the two faction to put behind them the past and act as a matter of urgency to resolve all pending issues at their next meeting with the committee of eminent chiefs to promote peace, unity and development in the Dagbon traditional area.

Advising politicians to be mindful of their utterances in order not to mar the peace process in Dagbon however, they served a warning notice to the General Secretary of the largest opposition party the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia to stay away from the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute.

They also reminded him of his recent outburst on the president’s appointment of Nana Obiri Boahen as a Minister as a move by the president to appease them.

They noted that Asiedu Nketia had said in Cape Coast last week that the appointment of Nana Boahen was to please the Abudus in the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute that was why he (President John Agyekum Kufuor appointed him a Minister in this current ministerial reshuffle since he was their lawyer -representing the Abudus in the dispute.

This according to the youth was unfortunate on the part of a politician of his caliber who should no better that meddling politics with the dispute would not do the peace process nurtured by the Committee of Eminent Chiefs chaired by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II set up to implement the road map to the peace process in Dagbon any good.

Consequently they warned the NDC scribe against any unguarded statement that would mar the peace process so far chalked by the committee of eminent chiefs, the people of Dagbon in the northern region and the nation at large. They further reminded Asiedu Nketia the bad things that happened in Dagbon during the PNDC and in NDC regimes, which could not address the security difficulties at that time. ]’’The youth also want to remind him that worse things on the Dagbon chieftaincy crises happened during the regimes of the PNDC/NDC and no arrest was made, he should also remember the case at Lumgbunga, Zokuga where people lost their lives and no attempt was made to arrest the perpetrators’’ they averred, adding, Abudus are Ghanaians and everybody in the world is aware of what happened during the Dagbon crises.

To this end they appealed to all politicians in the country to stay away from the chieftaincy affairs and allow peace to prevail.

The Abudu youth expressed their conviction that the two gates of the Dagbon dispute thus Abudus and Andanis would put behind them the past, act as a matter of urgency to resolve all pending issues at their next meeting with the committee of eminent chiefs to promote peace, unity and development in the Dagbon traditional area.

They commended the Eminent Chiefs under the chairmanship of his majesty Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for their tremendous efforts but reminded them of the continuation of the road map towards peace in Dagbon which they (eminent chiefs) designed to end the dispute.

source: Chronicle

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