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Dagbon Youth march for peace in Yendi [Photos]

Hundreds of Dagbon youth today [Monday], hit the streets of Yendi in a peace march to call for the implementation of the final phase of the road-map for peace in the Dagbon traditional area.

About 10 bus-loads of youth, left Tamale for the protest in Yendi, which has been lauded by well-meaning Dagombas.

The Dagbon peace march, dubbed, “Diwumti” to wit we are tired, was organized by the Dagbon Malimi Zungo (DAMAZ) Network in collaboration with other major stakeholders in Dagbon.

Escorted by armed security personnel, the protesters held placards with inscriptions such as “Abudus and Andanis must unite,” “We need one Dagbon,”  “Dagbon is bigger than Abudus and Andanis” “We demand peace from our leaders now” and “Diwumti.”

Leadership of the Dagbon Malimi Zungo Network, and some of the participants from both sides of the chieftaincy divide in Dagbon in a Citi News interview, decried the setback in the implementation of the final phase of the road-map to peace in Dagbon by the three eminent chiefs’ Mediation Committee handling the Dagbon chieftaincy impasse.

They admonished the Asantehene led Mediation Committee to quicken its pace in bringing to finality the age-long chieftaincy dispute between the Abudu and Andani Royals in Dagbon.

They also reechoed the need for the Mediation Committee to ignore the machinations of “Chieftaincy contractors” in Dagbon, and ensure that the funerals of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai1 IV, and that of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II are performed in the old Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.

Read their petition below:

THE CHAIRMAN

COMMITTEE OF EMINENT KINGS

MANHYIA PALACE

KUMASI

Your Majesty,

PETITION FOR THE IMMEDIATE RESOLUTION OF THE DAGBON CHIEFTAINCY CONFLICT

IN THE NAME OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD, We the Dagbon Youth, composed of sons and daughters from both chieftaincy gates, IN EXERCISE of our Sovereignty as a people under Article 1(1) of the 1992 Constitution, and in further exercise of our natural and inalienable right to demand the IMMEDIATE RESOLUTION OF DAGBON CHIEFTAINCY CONFLICT, do hereby sign onto this petition for and on behalf of our members and people of Dagbon.

As a crucial ingredient of our peaceful DEMONSTRATION dubbed “DI WUMTI” (“we are tired”), we wish to make a solemn appeal to Your Royal Highness, the Committee of Eminent Kings, the KAMPAKUYA NAA, the BOLINLANA, the KUGANAA, Dagbon elites, politicians and well-meaning sons and daughters of Dagbon, that we are tired of the age-long ABUDU-ANDANI impasse that has crippled us for years. Our heroic ‘kings’, from Tohazei, through NaaGbewa to NaaYakubuAndani II will never forgive us if we do not revolt against the disunity and disharmony, that has sent us so backward as a people. We sincerely believe the royals (NABIHI) should not hold usransom while the rest of Dagbon languish in abject poverty, joblessness, and underdevelopment.

There is no Dagbomba man or woman who has not tasted the demeaning effect of this ABUDU – ANDANI brouhaha. Be you wealthy or poor, educated or uneducated, man or woman, old or young, the Dagbon standstill has damaged our reputation enough, DI WUMTI.

It is sad that a lasting peace and total unity is still an elusive dream in Dagbon, in spite of our great lawyers, elites, politicians and the many fine brains that Dagbon can boast of. Peace and unity is still a faraway dream for Dagombas because we are still grappling with the question of who should be the King of “All Dagombas” and not just a faction of the Kingdom.

It is sad to say that Dagbon is a less strong and even a more vulnerable Kingdom in the face of continued disunity and in-fighting, and in recent years, has become the laughing stock in Ghana. History is a good teacher; but we (Dagombas), particularly the Nabihi, seem not to be good learners. As our history tells us, no tribe, kingdom, empire, or even the white people (colonialists) dared attack the Dagomba Kingdom when we were totally united.

We are sad to say that Dagbon is still the political football of Ghanaian politics, normally used by politicians to advance their selfish political ambitions and in the process ferment disunity, bitter hatred among our fold. We have seen the political suicide the entire Dagbon has been plunged into. Our politicians no more get political appointments they deserve. The few who even get appointments to sensitive positions do not climb higher, sometimes due to the fact that they do not have home backings because of our disharmony. We wish to register our collective displeasure at any politician who has used our factional fight to make their gains and fame in politics. If they cannot help in uniting us, they should not help in disuniting us.

We are sad to say that we are still called derogatory names such as: the “Primitive People,” the “Barbarians,” the “Bush People,” “Sheep,” “Difficult People” “Liars” and many more, to which we are totally defenseless. Our hope is that we can vindicate ourselves and prove to the world that we can change and become civilized, humble, peaceable, united people and put our past behind us.

We know that while the YANI Skin is degraded and relegated to the background, the chieftaincy contractors would wish to continue their bid. Enough of the back and forth. Enough of the lies and name calling. Enough of the quagmire. DI WUMTI.

We want a finality to this issue. We are calling the committee of the eminent Kings to immediately come out with the final program/roadmap for the performance of the funerals of the late Kings of Dagbon NAA MAHAMADU ABDULLAI IV and NA YAKUBU ANDANI II to pave way for the next YA NA to be enskined for us all to make progress.

The program/roadmap to peace should strictly be followed without fear or favour. We wish to state in clear unequivocal terms that the powers of the President, HIS EXCELLENCY NANA ADDO DANQUA AKUFFO ADDO, and the ASANTEHENE, the Chairman of the Committee of Eminent Kings, have been rendered almost useless by the two royal families who do not want the progress of Dagbon but their individual interests.

The immediate past history teaches us that the powers of HIS EXCELLENCY JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, HIS EXCELLENCY JOHN EVANS ATTA MILLS, HIS EXCELLENCY JOHN AGYEIKUM KUFFUOR and HIS EXCELLENCY JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS, have been rendered less useful in using their will and commitment with the powers of the state to resolve the Abudu-Andani quagmire based on law and customary provisions of Dagbon. WE NEED JUSTICE, and it must be immediate, DI WUMTI.

In conclusion, we wish to state that if we do not see an end to this conflict, very soon, and we repeat, very soon, we will advise ourselves. We will soon allow stiffer pressure to bear on the royals, chiefs, the Committee of Eminent Kings, and the President of the republic of Ghana to resolve our age-long conflict. We will very soon embark on an exercise dubbedOCCUPY THE PALACES AND STREETS, so that no movements of the chiefs, and vehicles will be allowed since our progress as sons and daughters of Dagbon is stampeded by the chiefs and government by their actions and inactions. We would leave you with two quotes:

WHEN TWO ELEPHANTS FIGHT IT IS THE GRASS THAT SUFFERS.
WHEN TWO BROTHERS FIGHT TO DEATH, A STRANGER INHERITS THEIR PROPERTY.
Enough is enough. Enough of our slavery. Enough of the suffering. Enough of the Abudu-Andani fight over useless and trivial issues that have nothing other than stagnation and retrogression for Dagbon.

Dagbon needs Yaa-Naa now, Dagbon youth needs Yaa-Naa now.

Thank you.

 

The DAMAZ was officially launched on September 10, 2017, with the overall objective of uniting Dagombas towards building a prospective and industrious Dagbon Kingdom.

As the brainchild of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, the DAMAZ formed part of government’s agenda to permanently resolve the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute between the Abudu and Andani Royals.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana