Abudus, Andanis must give peace a chance

In the last few weeks, we have heard the Abudu and Andani families of Dagbon make public statements that must not pass without comments.

It is important to examine the statements because of the threat they pose to peace in the area.

The two families have made statements in relation to the peace process in Dagbon which has attracted national attention.

The families, together with the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, led by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, have been searching for solutions to the Dagbon Chieftaincy crisis.

The Dagbon chieftancy crisis has travelled for 15 years with no resolution in sight.

Several efforts have been made by successive governments with the eminent chiefs investing substantial time and efforts to find an amicable solution to the crisis.

All the efforts and resources sunk into finding a lasting solution have not yielded the desired results.

It is therefore, a burst of national adrenaline for the two families and youth groups to make comments in public that suggests that peace is not yet in sight.

The Ghanaian Times is unable to repeat in this editorial what the two families have said publicly but any keen observer would notice that all is not well with the peace negotiation in Dagbon.

There is a real sign that the drums are beating and the sounds reverberating should prompt serious attention.

The threats and warning signs are not in the interest of the country.

We urge the responsible elements of the political and traditional class to prevail on the two families to tone down their rhetorics.

Already, the crisis has travelled long enough and development in the area has lagged behind.

Our concern is that the two sides in the conflict are the ones the crisis has affected most and what should be done to bring about peace is in their hands.

They are the ones who should negotiate and accept the terms and conditions of the resolution.

We, therefore, appeal to all sons and daughters of Dagbon to give peace a chance by settling their differences amicably.

We may not fully understand why the two sides are holding unto their entrenched positions, but we know that Ghana is hurting and Dagbon is not at peace.

We want the crisis to be resolved. It should not escalate because the consequences may be dire for the country.

Let’s give peace a chance in Dagbon!


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