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10.06.2008 Regional News

Cooperate with Peace Council… Nayiri appeals to both Kusasis and Mamprusi

By William N. Jalulah Naterigu - Ghanaian Chronicle
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THE PARAMOUNT Chief of Nalerigu, Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai, has ardently appealed to the Kusasis and Mamprusis at Bawku, to cooperate with members of the National Peace Council (NPC), in their quest to finding a lasting solution to the long-standing dispute over chieftaincy and land.

At his Palace at Nalerigu, to welcome members of the Council, the Paramount Chief agreed that it was high time the two feuding factions gave peace a chance, by allowing respectable bodies like the Peace Council to mediate.

Naa Abdulai was however insistent that without the cooperation of the people of Bawku, the efforts of the Council would not be fruitful, thus his passionate appeal to them to cooperate with the Council, to bring lasting peace.

His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, Chairman of the NPC, had led a five-member delegation to Nalerigu, to formally inform the Paramount Chief, of the Council's move, upon a directive from the President, for it to find solution to the Bawku crisis, which has claimed several lives, and destroyed properties.

Other members of the delegation included Maulvi Wahab Adam, Ameer Missionary in charge of Amadiaya Muslims Mission in Ghana, Osagyefo Osiadeeyo Nana Agyemang Badu II, Dormahene, Prof. Irene Odotei, of the Historical Society of Ghana, and Sheikh Mohamoud Gidel, (all members of the NPC).

It would be recalled that last month, the same delegation met separately with the Bawku Naba, Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, and his elders, and the Regent of the Mamprusis, at Bawku, at the Conference Hall of the Bawku Municipal Library.

It was during this first call of the Council, that it pledged to continuously visit Bawku, and dialogue with the two groups, until peace was restored.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Alhassan Samari, was the leader of the region's delegation, made up of members of the Regional Security Council.

The meeting was held behind closed-doors.

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