Desist from fomenting trouble in N/R – Minister warns chieftaincy contractors

Mr. Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister

Mr. Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister

The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, has warned trouble rousers and chieftaincy contractors to desist from fomenting trouble in the region because security agencies will not spare any person or group of persons attempting to cause mayhem in the area.


“The Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has directed the security personnel to deal ruthlessly with anyone or group of people attempting to disturb the peace the region is currently enjoying,” he cautioned.


Mr Saeed issued this warning yesterday in Tamale following the recent development with regards to Dagbon chieftaincy crisis


Lately, there has been speculations within the Dagbon traditional area that some people were planning to cause chaos.


Just last Thursday, the Abudu Youth of the Dagbon royal gate vowed to resist any attempt by Kugu Naa to enskin a new Ya Naa.


The minister who expressed worry about the disturbing development, indicated his resolve to deal decisively with people who intended to spark violence in the region.


Mr Saeed lamented that the intermittent violence conflicts in some parts of the region was the bane of the high poverty and hunger in the area.


The minister remarked huge sums of money which should have been channeled for provision of schools, clinics and other social amenities had been used to maintain security.


He said the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo`s desire to bring development to the area would come to nought, if the people failed to maintain peace.


The minister therefore pleaded with all, especially the leaders of both Abudus and Andanis to restrain the youth from indulging in acts that would disturb the peace.


He emphasised that, “violence has not and can never resolve any difference” and that it was better for the people to return to the negotiations table.


“I’m  appealing to the leaders of both gates to let cool heads prevail and restrain the youth from engaging in anything unlawful,” he pleaded.


The minister maintained that government would never interfere in any chieftaincy matters, however it would not sit aloof and allow people to cause confusion.


Mr Saeed appealed to the three eminent chiefs under the chairmanship of  Otumfou Osei Tutu to step up their mediation process.


From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.


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