The Abudu family of Dagbon has assured President Akufo-Addo of their willingness to ensure peace and genuine reconciliation for the progress of Dagbon.
The family also pledged to support the Akufo-Addo-led government in its desire to bring lasting peace to the area, after decades of rivalry between the Abudus and the Andanis.
The Abudus were at Jubilee House today to thank President Akufo-Addo for his strong leadership and vision for the people of Dagbon, following the performance of the funeral rites of the late Ya Naa, Mahamadu Abdulai.
Speaking on behalf of the family, the Bolin Lana, Abdulai Mahamadu, remarked that Dagbon had suffered greatly from the debilitating dispute, resulting in the low development of the area.
“It turned brothers against brothers, sisters against sisters, fathers against children, and, indeed, converted friends into foes. Mr. President, this conflict, over the years, has damaged properties in all parts of Dagbon. It compromised our culture and eroded our dignity as a people. It has cost us lots of precious lives,” he said.
The Bolin Lana assured President Akufo-Addo: “We are committed to achieving this peace and we continue to offer a hand of brotherhood and friendship to our brothers the Andanis. This funeral marks a significant milestone in the effort towards finding lasting peace for the good people of Dagbon.”
“Mr. President, we wish to assure you that we stand for peace, unity, genuine reconciliation, development and advancement of Dagbon, and we stand in readiness to support your government towards finding a lasting peace in Dagbon,” the Bolin Lana added.
He noted that the performance of the funeral of the late Na Mahamadu Abdulai had lifted the dark clouds that had been hanging over Dagbon and Dagombas everywhere.
The performance of the funeral, he added, will bring true, lasting and enduring peace to Dagbon, and remained confident that “unity and genuine reconciliation will follow.”
The Bolin Lana expressed his gratitude to the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, led by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Nayiri, Naa Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, and the Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa I, for their relentless efforts in helping in finding lasting peace to the Dagbon conflict.
He also expressed appreciation to all former Presidents of the 4th Republic, the Northern Regional Minister, Honourable Salifu Saeed, members of REGSEC, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, amongst others, for their resilience and unflinching commitment to the peace and reconciliation of Dagbon.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Almighty that a last, the funeral of Na Mahamadu Abdulai had been duly performed, according to customs of the land.
He also thanked the Committee of Eminent Chiefs for the work done, persistence and tenacity in bringing about this conclusion, and saluted the Bolin Lana for his sense of statesmanship, patriotism and commitment to the peace and welfare of Dagbon.
“Now we have to look forward to make sure that what has been constructed now becomes permanent. We are looking for the performance of the funeral of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani, after which, according to customs and the laws of Dagbon, a new Ya Na will be selected.
“And that process should bring a situation whereby all hands – Abudu, Andani – in Dagbon will come on board and work towards the lifting up the image of Dagbon and bringing progress and prosperity to the area. That’s a big task ahead of everyone. For the regents and all of you; you have a very big role play in the future of Dagbon. Who will be what, who will be what; all that is always in the hands of almighty God.
“Here, what we do is to work according to our conscience and our understanding of what is good, not just for ourselves, but also for the population from which we come, and I am confident that you have that understanding on your role in the future of Dagbon,” President Akufo-Addo remarked.
By Maxwell Ofori / www.thechronicle.com.gh