Let there be peace in Dagbon!

For several years, the people of Dagbon, a traditional kingdom in northern Ghana, have seen no peace because of some misunderstanding relating to chieftaincy.

The two Gates of Dagbon Kingship – the Abudus and the Andanis, share a common ancestry as they all come from the same great grandfather.

However, the two groups have not been able to reconcile their long-running differences. This has led to occasional fights between them, culminating in the destruction of lives and property.

Various efforts have been made over the years to bring about peace in the Dagbon Kingdom but in spite of this we have still not been able to ensure the prevalence of serenity in the area.

Indeed, the road to peace has not been an easy one. Impressively, the committee of eminent chiefs under the leadership of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, have worked hard to ensure that the two gates come together to live in peace, not only for Abudus and Andanis but also for all Ghanaians as a whole.

The Ghanaian Times is happy about the engagement of the leadership of Andanis and the Abudus ahead of the performance of the funerals of the late Ya-Nas, namely, Ya-Na Mohammudu Abdulai and Ya-Na Yakubu Andani. The purpose of the engagement is to solicit support from all other stakeholders to ensure a violent-free observance of the funerals which kick-started last Friday.

It is against this backdrop that the latest position taken by the Andanis to withdraw from the road map to peace with the Abudus be of grave concern to the people of Dagbon and Ghanaians as a whole.

We are, therefore, making a special appeal to the two gates not to involve themselves in anything that will thwart the efforts of the peace process. It is believed that if the leadership of the two gates set good examples towards peace, other members of the kingdom will follow suit.

The Ghanaian Times is also making a special appeal to the youth of the area not to engage in any act of violence that will disturb the peace in the area. When the tranquility in the area is disturbed, it invariably affects the general peace in the country.

The Dagbon Kingdom has a beautiful history and rich culture that can be shared with the rest of the world. It is better to promote peace and harmony in the area so as to be able to tell the rest of the world about the beautiful cultural traits from the Dagbon area which can help promote positive cultural lifestyle in the rest of the country or even to the rest of the world.

Why should these beautiful cultural traits be left unexplored by the people of Dagbon when we know that much can be done to propagate the positive cultural practices of the area?

The time has come for each and everyone in the Dagbon Kingdom and those outside it to put in their best to unite the people in the area for peaceful co-existence and harmonious cultural lifestyle aimed at promoting the common good of everyone in the area. As hammered home earlier, peace in Dagbon will mean peace in every part of Ghana.

As the Abudu and the Andani gates engage in peaceful co-existence, the rest of the country will learn from this to promote oneness and togetherness.  This is what the country needs at this time to ensure peaceful and smooth socio-economic development for its people.

Indeed, the roadmap prepared by the three eminent chiefs serving on the mediation committee ought to be respected, supported and followed through by everyone in the country.

It will be the greatest attainment of peace for this country and this explains why the resolution of that chieftaincy crisis must be dealt with once and for all.


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