By now every keen observer of the Dagbon Chieftancy dispute must be getting worried over series of unsettling events that are happening in Yendi, in the Northern Region.

The protracted chieftaincy dispute between the Andani and Abudu gates which has raged for decades appears to be escalating as the war drums keep beating louder.

In the last few weeks, we are being bombarded by doom and gloom news as the two gates talk tough about their intentions.

Just two weeks ago, the Abudus held a press conference accusing the government and the group of Eminent Chiefs of lack of commitment to perform the funeral rites of the late Naa Mahamadu Abdulai, who died decades ago, at the palace.

They, therefore, gave the government and the Eminent Chiefs up to January 26, as the deadline for the government to come clear on the matter.

In response, the Andanis also held a press conference on Saturday and threatened a violent confrontation if the Abudus attempt to occupy the Gbewa Palace to perform the funeral of the late chief.

The Times is disturbed that since 2001, when Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II was killed along with some elders of his court, the country has been unable to find a solution to the feud.

The provocative statements coming from both sides is worrying and government must take immediate steps to reduce the tension in the area.

We are aware of the work done by chiefs in resolving the conflict, but the war of words suggests that there is a lot more to be done.

The Regional Security Council of the Northern Region, we are told have stepped up security in Yendi to avert clashes, but is that enough?

The Dagbon chieftaincy dispute is just about one of the numerous chieftaincy disputes, but its nature creates a lot of anxiety any time it escalates.

The amount of attention and national resources expended on it, not to talk about the human cost is too costly to be allowed to continue.

It could well be that there are people who are benefitting from the protracted conflict and may not want it to come to an end, but as a nation, we must bring it to an end at all cost.

The mounting tension in the area must not be allowed to escalate and endanger the peace, which we need dearly especially in an election year.

We urge the government and the Eminent Chiefs to, as a matter of urgency diffuse the tension that has become a time bomb waiting to explode.

Dagbon, as well as the entire country need peace. The two feuding factions must be made to tone down to allow for an amicable solution to be found to the dispute.



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