Dagbon factions told to stop beating war drums

Regent of Dagbon Kampakuya-Na Abdaulai Yakubu Andani (in the middle), being surrounded by his elders.

Regent of Dagbon Kampakuya-Na Abdaulai Yakubu Andani (in the middle), being surrounded by his elders.

The Muslim community in the Northern Region has appealed to the leadership of the Andani and Abudu royal gates of the Dagbon chieftaincy, to stop beating the war drums, and return to the negotiation table.

“We are appealing to the leaders of the two royal families, the Abudu and Andani gates to re- commit themselves to peace processes with the view to finding lasting solution to their family dispute,” the Muslim community advised.

The request was made in a statement signed by the leadership of the Ambariya Muslim Community and Tamale Central Mosque, and read by Sheikh Amin Bambam, in Tamale yesterday.

Yesterday’s press conference, was the first of its kind among many strategies, the Muslim leaders in the area had adopted to assist resolve the old age Dagbon chieftaincy crisis.

The Muslim leaders stressed that the unresolved chieftaincy dispute was not only worsening the already poverty situation in the area, but also violated the  fundamental human rights of people in the region, as the National Security Council had to impose curfew anytime there was crisis.

“We observe that this unfortunate conflict has had and continue to have incalculable negative consequences on the lives of not only the people of the Dagbon traditional area but the people of the region as a whole,” they stated.

The statement indicated that “in fact this protracted conflict has affected us economically, psychologically, socially, culturally and religiously”.

 From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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