The Dagbon Students Association (DASA) has encouraged the Otumfuo-led committee of three eminent chiefs mediating the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute, to fast track the implementation of the roadmap to peace in Dagbon.
The committee of eminent chiefs at its last meeting in Kumasi at the Manhyia palace resolved that funerals of the late two overlords of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II, should be performed in the old Gbewaa palace in Yendi.
A section of the Andani Royals in Dagbon led by the Gukpegu Naa Alhassan Abdulai is opposed to this latest development.
[contextly_sidebar id=”lUHpUT49N1NwCXzkuMnmSOSG6lQlhBoD”]They insisted the alleged kilelrs of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II must be prosecuted first before the funerals.
The Dagbon Students Association in collaboration with the League of Youth Associations and the Dagbon Youth for Peace at a news conference in Tamale, encouraged the Otumfuo-led committee to implement the agenda of performing the final funeral rites of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II.
The Association’s President, Jagbo Baako told Citi News that the youth of Dagbon were fed up with the age-long impasse between the Abudu and Andani royals.
“We are in support of the performance of all funerals and the subsequent installation of a new Yaa-Naa. We are aware of the fact that the solution of the crisis lies in the hands of our traditional leaders and government should therefore hold them to all agreements that they have signed to in the past.”
He emphasized that “This is not the time to make a ‘U-turn’. We want government to know that it is not only royals that are in Dagbon: the non-royals are saying enough is enough.”
“Their interest alone should not supersede everybody’s interest because even other tribes that are in Dagbon are suffering from this and we need a final solution to this crisis now. The youth are saying enough is enough, we are tired.”
DASA is convinced performing the final funeral rites of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II could be the panacea to ending the Dagbon the chieftaincy dispute.
Jagbo Baako further asked the Otumfuo-led committee to ignore the machinations of chieftaincy contractors in Dagbon.
“The chieftaincy contractors should realize that they are jeopardizing our future and it is time for us to let them know that we are not ready for that again, enough is enough. We are not going to allow anybody’s action or inaction that stands to jeopardize our future the more and we are out to support anybody or any group of people that are ready to facilitate the peace process of Dagbon.”
He advocated the involvement of leadership of recognized youth groups in the Dagbon Kingdom during the implementation of the roadmap to peace.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana