Dagbon: I am an "Abudani", I stand for unity-Prez Akufo-Addo

By Mutala Yakubu
Dagbon: I am an "Abudani", I stand for unity-Prez Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo at Dagbon today, said he stands for unity and is not on the side of either the Abudus or the Andanis but is an "Abudani" which means he stands for unity.

The President in an address at the outdooring of the new Yaa Naa in Yendi today expressed his excitement about this historic day and promised to support the people of Dagbon.

"Yaa Naa, I make a commitment before you, this day, that I shall do everything in my power, as President of the Republic, to assist you to administer this State in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. As I have said before, I am neither Abudu nor Andani, I am an "Abudani", a person who stands for unity, reconciliation and progress in Dagbon."

The investiture of the overlord is expected to bring to an end the protracted chieftaincy dispute which has robbed the people of Dagbon of peace for nearly two decades.

Following the killing of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II in 2002, a committee of eminent kings headed by the Asantehene was set-up to help find a solution to the crisis.

The committee in November 2018 presented a final roadmap for peace to President Akufo-Addo which detailed the performance of the funerals of Yaa Naa Abdulai and Yaa-Naa Andani.

According to the roadmap, the performance of the funerals was necessary to pave way for the selection of a new Yaa Naa.

Yaa-Naa Abubakari Mahama, the second, subsequently emerged as the new overlord of the culturally-rich Dagbon Traditional area.

Meanwhile, a curfew imposed on the people of Dagbon which starts from  6:00 pm to 6:00 am still stands.

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