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19.04.2011 Regional News

Yagbonwura confirms participation in resolving Dagbon crisis

By The Statesman
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Yagbonwura Tuntumbe Boresa Sulemana Jakpa, II Overlord of Gonja, has confirmed his participation in finding the road map to lasting peace in Dagbon.

   
He is one of the eminent traditional rulers constituted to find lasting solutions to the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis. The others are Nayire Naa Bohugu Mahami Abdulai and Ashantihene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

   
The Yabong Wura Jakpa II in affirming his position with the Nayire Abdulai at the weekend said his predecessor Yabong Wura Bawah Doshie was one of the three eminent Kings prevailed upon to find lasting peace in Dagbon hence it was an honour for him (new Yabong Wura) to continue from where his predecessor left off.

   
Vice President John Mahama called on the Otumfua Osei Tutu, Chairman of the eminent chiefs on the Dagbon crisis, to rekindle efforts to bring peace between the Abudus and the Andanis, the two feuding clans of Dagbon.

   
The Yabong Wura who led a delegation of paramount chiefs from the Gonjaland, spent a night with the Nayire Naa Abdulai, Overlord of Mamprugu.

   
He pledged his readiness to collaborate with them to pursue with seriousness, measures that will bring peace to Dagbon and the entire nation adding, the issue of Dagbon is a national matter that confronts the nation and all efforts must be made to find lasting peace.

   
“One important thing that is essential in life is security and well being of our people…peaceful kingdom breads a rich and prosperous nation”, he said adding, the two kings need to re-examine the security of their people to have faith with each other.

   
Tuntumbe Jakpa II said the visit was also part of measures to strengthen relationship with the Nayire and his kingdom and expressed happiness and goodwill of the people of Gonjaland for visiting the Nayire.

   
Lepo Wura M. N. D Alhaji Jawula who traced the historical relation between the Gonjaland and Mamprugu, said before the advent of colonialism, there were only four kingdoms in the country and named them as Mamprugu, Gonjaland, Dagbon and the Ashanti kingdoms.

   
He said the Mamprugu and Gonjaland had never fought each other and stressed that it was a taboo to do so and called on the people of the two kingdoms to ignore war mongers and stick together to pursue laudable ideas that will promote development.

   
Jawula Lepowura expressed the hope that by the end of the year, the three kings would have resolved the Dagbon crisis for a new Yaana to be installed as so that they could hold a grand durbar.

   
Nayire Abdulai who warmly welcomed the Yabongwura to his palace commended him for the historic visit and said such a visit will strengthen the two ancient kingdoms and assured further peace and security between them.

   
He said the Northern parts of the country had often been perceived as battle grounds but the Gonja King's visit is an indication that peace could bring development to the people and hoped that such peace would be extended to all parts of the region especially Dagbon and Nanum.

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