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Abudus return to Dagbon peace talks

2011-04-14 22:03:24
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Ya-Naa Mahamadu
In the interest of peace and reconciliation in the Dagbon State, the Abudu Royal gate have resolved to return to the Otumfuo-led mediation committee on condition that the committee expedites action on the third benchmark of the roadmap to peace process which has to do with the performance of the late Ya-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai’s funeral in the old Gbewaa palace.

They demanded that the performance of the late Ya-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai’s funeral should conform to the Supreme Court ruling of 1986, the Memorandum of Agreement of 1987 and the 2006 road map to peace process which the Asantehene led committee is handling at the Manhyia palace.

The decision was taken at a meeting held in Nantong where Dr. Ziblim Iddi, national Spokesperson for the Abudu gate read a four page document chronicling the Abudu gate’s demands for their return to the Committee of Eminent Chiefs’ sitting at the Manhyia palace.

Dr. Ziblim Iddi described as misleading, Vice President John Mahama’s recent statement at the Asantehene’s palace that a statement released in November 2010 did not have the full endorsement of chiefs of the Abudu gate in Dagbon.

“We wish to state here for the avoidance of doubt that the statement released in November last year regarding our withdrawal from the peace process was released on behalf of the entire Abudu family: the opinion expressed in the media by His Excellency Vice President John Drahamani Mahama on this matter is totally false and misleading “

Dr. Ziblim maintained that the committee failed to act in good faith on the issue of where to perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu

Abdulai in view of the fact that the road map to peace document spelt out that it should be performed in the old Gbewaa palace hence the Abudu royal gate’s decision to withdraw from the committee’s sitting.

He however endorsed government’s decision to re-investigate the mystery surrounding the gruesome murder of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II in March 27, 2002 but requested that by extension circumstances that led to the murder of three Abudus during the conflict namely Mahama Teenbila, Dahmani Iddi and Shahadu Sibdoo should be investigated.

Dr. Ziblim Iddi further expressed the Abudu gate’s willingness to smoke the peace pipe with their brothers from the Andani gate to re-kindle their spirit of oneness as descendants of Naa Gbewaa.

“We call on all Dagombas irrespective of our belongingness to either sides of the chieftaincy divide to come together and transform the jangling discourse of our time into a beautiful symphony for our children and grandchildren” he pleaded.

He however urged Abudus and Andanis to beware of the over politicization of the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute and shun politicians who continue to sow seeds of hatred among Dagombas for their selfish and parochial political gains.

“We call on Dagombas, Abudus and Andanis to rise up to the challenge of shaming politicians whose interest is to continually gain political capital out of our mistrust and hatred for one another to enhance their electoral fortunes.”

The Abudu Royal gate in Dagbon in November 2010 withdrew from the
Asantehene-led mediation committee sitting at Manhyia due to alleged bias in relation to the implementation of the road map to peace in Dagbon.


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