THE protracted chieftaincy crisis in Yendi, in the Dagbon Traditional Area of the Northern Region, has undermined the progress and stability of the entire Dagbon.

Despite the very fertile soils and rich natural resources in that part of the country, the people continue to wallow in abject poverty because of this protracted dispute.

The huge sums of money the various governments had spent on the crisis over the years to ensure peace in the area, could have been channeled into developing the region.

For years, the Committee of Eminent Chiefs and the security agencies have worked tirelessly, to contain the fragile situation in that area, and promote lasting peace.

The Times believes it would be suicidal, if for any political reason, the efforts of the government are thwarted due to the self-aggrandisement, and selfish ambitions of a few individuals.

It is based on this premise that, the we view as appropriate and timely, the call by President John Mahama to the people of the area to help find a lasting solution to the protracted dispute, which has bedevilled the Northern Region for over a decade.

As the President stated at the recent Damba Festival, we cannot allow the chieftaincy disputes to continue to divide us and hamper the progress and development in the area; we need to bury our differences and forge ahead in unity.

For, as he rightly pointed out, the dispute has been a thorn not only in the flesh of the citizens of Dagbon, but the entire north, hence the need to find a permanent solution for it.

By now, every Ghanaian should have realised that the crisis is costing the nation a lot, because the moneys channelled into maintaining the peace could be used to solve some of the problems confronting the nation.

The colossal sums of money could be used to provide basic social and economic needs, and other infrastructure.

The people who have become ready tools of exploitation by the politicians from the area, should ask themselves, how many children of these politicians are actually in the frontline of the conflict.

When resources meant for the improvement of the quality of lives of the people are dissipated on wanton conflicts, there would be very little left for development, and that should not be encouraged.

The Times believes that, this is the time for sober reflection on the unfortunate situation, and a lasting solution found for it.

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