Dagbon: Peace finally returns, new Yaa Naa installed after 17 years of conflict

By Mutala Yakubu
 Yaa Naa
Dagbon: Peace finally returns, new Yaa Naa installed after 17 years of conflict

The Kingdom of Dagbon finally have a new Yaa Naa after seventeen years of conflict over who becomes the overlord.

Today marked a historic day in the lives of the people of Dagbon as a new Yaa Naa was crowned in Yendi.

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.

President Akufo-Addo and other dignitaries were present in the Northern Region to witness this historic feat.

Indigenes of Dagbon see this day as a end to the conflict that has existed between the Abudus and the Andanis and have called on the government to start some massive developmental projects in the Northern Region.

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