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Late Ya-Naa`s Wives reject Otumfuo Committee Report


2007-12-07 12:33:49
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The wives of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II have described the work and outcome of the Otumfuo Committee of Eminent Kings as a calculated attempt to satisfy the wishes of the Abudu family.
According to the ten widows, the outcome of the Committee’s sittings was contrary to Dagbon custom and obviously meant to satisfy the desires of the Abudus.

In a petition to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the wives of the late Overlord of the Dagbon Kingdom described the proposed document, which included the performance of the final funeral rites of the late Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulai, as a violation of the customs and traditions of Dagbon.

The petition was read publicly by Mr. Nasam Zulkananin, on behalf of the widows, at a press conference organised on Wednesday December 5, 2007 in Tamale.

The petition indicated that, customarily, the wives of the late King are not custodians of the customs and traditions of Dagbon, but do believe strongly that they had the absolute right of protesting against any attempt, by any person, to twist the customs and traditions of Dagbon to the detriment of the Andanis.

The widows asserted that, the Asantehene’s Committee proposal for the performance of the funeral rites of Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulai at the Gbewaa Palace was an insult to the integrity and powers of their late husband.

They regretted that, they and their children had nothing to benefit or inherit from their husband, unlike other widows and their children who have prospects to inheritance.

According to the widows, all their property together with that of their late husband Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II were looted by the murderers.

They, therefore, questioned why the committee was only interested in the performance of Mahamadu Abdulai’s funeral without considering their predicament.

According to them, they have been charged to support the spirit of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II and his remaining relations would sacrifice their lives to defend the customs and traditions of Dagbon.

The ten widows also maintained that preference must not be given to the performance of the funeral of Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulai until the murderers of their late husband were apprehended and prosecuted under the law, otherwise they would not hesitate to conclude that their late husband was killed to pave the way for the performance of Ya-Na Mahamadu’s funeral.

The late King of Dagbon died on March 27, 2002 at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi with 40 others.

The petition was signed by all the ten widows of the late Dagbon King, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II and copies filed to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, President John Agyekum Kufuor, the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, both Majority and Minority leaders in Parliament , the Northern Regional Minister, BNI, the Army and the Abudu Royal Family.

source: Chronicle

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