From Edmond Gyebi, Tamale
THE FORMER Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama has reiterated his call for peace and unity between the feuding members of the royal Abudu and Andani families of the Dagbon Chieftaincy Divide.
According to the former Vice President, the growing culture of personal hatred, mistrust, disunity and frequent mob actions being practised by members of the two families was retarding the socio-economic development of Dagbon and the whole of the Northern Region.
Addressing a meeting of Muslim Leaders at the Tamale Central Mosque, as part of his two weeks visit to Tamale, Alhaji Aliu Mahama condemned the uncompromising positions that have been taken by the Abudus and the Andanis, and therefore called on the people to embrace themselves as people from one family and with a common destiny.
He admonished the people not to allow self-seeking persons to divide their ranks, and he also advised them to always resort to dialogue during disputes.
The Former Vice President used the visit to celebrate the Sallah with the Muslim Community and also paid tribute to the late Northern Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Sumani Zakari, who died recently after a long ailment.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama expressed grave concern over the manner in which Dagombas have become divided along political and chieftaincy lines, and thus called for a rapid overturn of the ‘stinking’ phenomenon.
The Former Vice President under the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP) expressed the need for the people of Dagbon to come together and use their wealth to fight against poverty, illiteracy, ignorance and hunger, which he described as their common enemy. He also pleaded with the youth to consider education as their major priority in life, by rising up to the challenge of gaining higher academic laurels.
From the Central Mosque, Alhaji Aliu Mahama paid courtesy calls on the Chief of Tamale, Naa Dakpema Mohammed Alhassan Dawuni at his palace, Bamvim-Lana Mahama Abdulai, Choggu Naa Alhassan Salifu and one Mr. Sheriff Alhassan, the Managing Director of Savanna Constructions Limited, where he appealed to them to uphold the peace and the dignity of the north.
At the Dakpema Palace, the Former Vice President commended the Chief and his elders for the establishment of the Dakpema Educational and Peace Fund, which he earlier supported. Naa Mohammed Dawuni also said his major priorities were in the areas of peace and quality education, hence the establishment of the Dakpema Educational and Peace Fund.
According to the Chief, as a result of the lead role he played in advocating for peace in Tamale, a section of the youth had voluntarily surrendered their weapons, which he had also forwarded to the Police.
On the other hand, Alhaji Aliu Mahama criticized the slow performance of the ruling government and called on Ghanaians, especially NPP activists, to start lacing their boots for the big battle in 2012, to be able to unseat the NDC government. He also announced his plans to build effective structures that would ensure the return of the NPP to power in 2012.
According to the Former Vice President, Ghana needs Nana Akufo Addo, the NPP presidential candidate for 2012 elections, to continue with Kufuor’s legacy and, therefore, urged the NPP leadership in the northern region to work tirelessly to win more Parliamentary seats in 2012.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama earlier donated hospital equipment to the Tamale Teaching Hospital to enhance quality healthcare delivery. He was accompanied by the former Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, NPP 2nd National Vice Chairman, Sheikh T.B Damba and other Regional Executives.