The Overlord of Dagbon Yaa Naa Abubakari Mahama II has commended Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for playing a key role in restoring peace to the Dagbon traditional area.
Dabgon was without peace following the murder of Yaa Naa Adani Mohammed about 17 years which was characterized by series of confliicts leading to loss of several lives.
This, according the traditional leaders, stalled all developmental projects in the Dagbon
Addressing the Kumasi Traditional council during the Awukudae traditional festival celebration in Manhyia, Yaa Naa Abubakari Mahama through his spokesperson Dr. Yakubu Mahama renewed their loyalty and brotherliness to Asanteman.
He said “we know all was not rosy I carrying out this task. There were lot of disappointments which accompanied frustrations because of the entrenched wishes both gates exhibited. But with your traditional wisdom and unfailing patience, you were able to persevere and finally get both gates to make sacrifices to arrive at this peaceful deal which culminated in the performance of the funerals of Naa Mahamadu Abdullai II and Yaa Andani Yakubu.”
He went on “the importance of these two important royal funerals culminated in the enskinment of Naa Abukari II. Your majesty we cannot over emphasize our gratitude to you and your colleagues eminent chiefs for the gift of peace that you have presented to the people of Dagbon with the unprecedented support from His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who received their appreciation with a smiling face disclosed no political party in Ghana played any role in resolving 17 years long Dagbon chieftaincy dispute.
Otumfuo therefore urged resident of Yandi and the two royal gates to ignore any claims by politicians that they were involved in solving the protracted dispute.
Otumfuo emphasised that, Dagbon Yaa Naa Abubakari Mahama II is the overlord of Dagbon and warned nobody should challenge his authority.
He said “We also stressed that no political party could influence our decisions, so we cautioned them they shouldn’t plead to the political parties but plead to the traditions and customs of Dagbon because Dagbom we told them will survive politics because it is older than politics.”
“Fortunately we found a solution to the problems, now we have a new Yaa Naa and then we have a new Jo Naa and then a new Mio Lana, so likewise most of the funerals have been performed and the Yaa Naa has enskinned people to take positions. It must be emphasised that the Yaa Naa is the supreme leader of Dagbon and no one challenges his authority,” he indicated.
Otumfuo stressed “so his pronouncements and wishes are binding on Dagbon people. If there is anything on-towards we are here, if you let us know then we have a way of talking to the Yaa Naa to resolve those issues.”
He added “so today we thank the Yaa Naa for coming to say thank you to us. We did that because Dagbon is a brother to me and therefore if there is no peace in Dagbon then there is no peace in Asanteman. And so I’m looking forward to also come to Yendi soon.