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Funeral Date For Late Na-Mahamadu Abdulai Not Yet Fixed


2005-02-05 00:23:27
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Ya-Naa Mahamadu
Members of the Abudu faction in Dagbon have stated that they would go ahead with plans to perform the final funeral rites for the late King Na- Mahamadu Abdulai.

A date for the event will soon be set although the acting President of Dagbon Traditional Council, Kuga-Naa has dissociated himself from the move.

The late Na Abdulai who died in October 1985 was de-skinned as the overlord of Dagbon Traditional Area following the Ollenu Committee report.

He belonged to the Abudu gate and his funeral is yet to be performed as custom demands.

Two days ago, the Kuga Na who is the custodian of Dagbon customs issued a statement cautioning against the performance of the funeral rites for the late king.

The Kuga Na petitioned President Kufuor and copied the statement to the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II and the chairman of the eminent chief.

In an interview with the Secretary to the Abudu gate, Majeed Bawa confirmed that several meetings was organized to deliberate on several issues one of which was the funeral for the late Na-Mahamadu Abdulai.

He said although no date has been fixed for the event, the Abudu gate intends to go ahead with its plan.

“ We have been meeting and planning how best we can perform the funeral that would befit his status as a former king of Dagbon but we have never on any day fixed a date at our meetings that the funeral would be performed on a particular day”, he said.

He said with two weeks away for the Bugum festival, it would not be possible for a funeral of such caliber to be planned and performed within that time.

He said when the late Ya Na was alive so many petitions and proposal to consider the performance of the funeral of Na Mahamadi Abdullah, which according to him were rejected.

Mr. Bawa said the chiefs from the Abudu family met in Yendi and one of the topic raised was the absence of a spiritual family head of Dagbon for close to three years and suggested that the Kuga Na, who is the acting head of the Dagbon Traditional Area be informed that the absence of a substantative Ya Na for close to three years was not helping Dagbon.

It was suggested to him to put in more efforts so as to find solutions to the problems as well as set a date for the burial of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II.

He said it was the Supreme Court that ordered for the funeral of Na Mahamdau Abdulai to be performed in 1987 and not the family.

“In fact we cannot solve all the problems without performing the funeral, he was the King of Dagbon from 1969 – 1974”, he said.

He noted that there are some people who are constantly trying to derail the peace process and the Kuga Na has his lineage to the Andanis and whatever proposal was made to him made fell on deaf ears.

“What we are beginning to realize as a family is that some people do not have the interest of getting the problem of Dagbon solved, so we can no longer wait for people to get satisfied with what ever they want before we can perform the funeral, because we are ready to perform the funeral”, he said.

Asked when they want to perform the funeral Mr Bawa said a date had not been fixed and that it is not a simple funeral because the late Na Mahamadu Abdulai was not a simple man, adding that whether rain or shine the funeral of the late Na Mahamadu Abdulai would be performed.

source: joyfm.com

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