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ABUDUS GRATEFUL TO PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO DAGBON PEACE

The Bolin Lana, Abdulai Mahamadu and Regent of Yendi has expressed his gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his commitment and bold vision to finding lasting peace in Dagbon.

 

This was when he paid a courtesy call on the President at Jubilee House to officially inform him of the completion of the performance of the final funeral rites of the late Dagbon Overlord, Mahamadu Abdulai, who died in 1988.

 

The people of Dagbon have suffered enough from the Abudu-Andani conflict, that had largely affected the Dagbon culture and "turned brothers against brothers, the Bolin Lana stated.

 

“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.

 

In a speech read on his behalf, Bolin Lana Abdulai Mahamadu said the conflict which had outlived numerous Presidents and Governments, had now witnessed a giant milestone — the performance of the final funeral rites of the late Ya-Na Mahamudu Abdulai — under President Akufo-Addo's administration.

 

"Mr. President, this afternoon, we are here to thank you. Your Excellency, we thank you for your courage. We thank you for your sense of fairness. We thank you for your bold vision for Dagbon and Ghana. We are truly grateful for your distinguished exemplary leadership."

 

The Regent indicated that, the performance of the funeral of the late Na Mahamadu Abdulai had lifted the dark clouds that hanged over Dagbon and Dagombas everywhere.

 

This he noted, will bring true, lasting and enduring peace to Dagbon, and hoped that “unity and genuine reconciliation will follow.”

 

“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,” the Regent assured.

 

The Bolin Lana also commended 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 to find lasting peace to the Dagbon conflict.

 

Former Presidents of the 4th Republic, the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed, members of REGSEC, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, amongst others, were all commended for their resilience and unflinching commitment to the peace and reconciliation 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. 

 

On his part, President Akufo-Addo said he was very happy about the visit, and thanked the Almighty God “that the funeral of Na Mahamadu Abdulai has been duly performed, with all the customary rights that are due to him as a Ya Na.”

 

President Akufo-Addo also thanked the Committee of Eminent Chiefs for work done — persistence and tenacity in bringing about this conclusion.

 

He was grateful to the Bolin Lana for his sense of statesmanship, patriotism and commitment to the peace and welfare of Dagbon, and said, the commitment and compromises of the two families — Abudu Royal Family and Andani Royal Family — had largely brought peace to the Dagbon.

 

Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)