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01.09.2004 General News

Government urged to look for Ya Na killers

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Hohoe, Sept. 1, GNA - The quest for lasting peace in Dagbon Traditional Area would be a mirage unless the killers of Ya Na Yakubu Andani were found, Mr Abass Salifu, President of the League of Youth Associations in the Northern Region stressed on Tuesday.

He said bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice would at least appease those who might want to avenge the death of the Paramount Chief.

Mr Salifu made the observation at Hohoe in the Volta Region, when Togbe Gabusu VI, Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area, feted a 13-member delegation of chiefs and youth groups from conflict prone areas in the country.

The delegation comprised representives from the Dagbon Traditional area, Peki, Tsito, Alavanyo and Nkonya.

The meeting dubbed: "Peace Durbar" was part of this year's National Youth Camp, being organised by the National Youth Council (NYC), on the theme: "Peace and Stability In Ghana: The Role of the Youth in Consolidating Democracy".

Six hundred (600) delegates from all the 10 regions are attending the annual event.

Mr Salifu tasked Togbe Gabusu, Executive Member of the National House Of Chiefs, to facilitate the process of finding the murderers of the Ya-na.

He warned politicians not to exploit the Yendi chieftaincy crises for parochial gains, since it could be a recipe for disaster.

Togbe Gabusu, entreated the feuding factions to leave the past behind them and forge unity in the interest of development and progress. Professor Asante Poku, Board Chairman of the NYC, said consensus building, peaceful co-existence, unity in cultural diversity, tolerance, justice, discipline and industry were the valuable legacies that the present generation could be bequeathed posterity.

Mr James Dogbe, Hohoe District Chief Executive, said the District was afflicted by a number of conflicts that were threatening life and property and leading to widespread poverty.