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Prez Welcomes New Ya-Naa Abubakari Mahama

By Modern Ghana
Prez Welcomes New Ya-Naa Abubakari Mahama

President Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated the people of Dagbon for working to bring to an end decades of division in the area.

According to the President, today is a significantly ‘happy day’ for Ghanaians as decades of tension and conflicts have come to an end by the acceptance of the new Ya-Naa elect, in the person of the Savelugu Naa, Abubakari Mahama.

The President in his statement also congratulated the Andani and Abudu Royal families for successfully ensuring that the funerals of Ya-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II were held peacefully.

The President did not leave out the committee of eminent chiefs chaired by the Asantehene Otumfuo Tutu II whose job was to ensure a successful and peaceful funeral rite of the Ya-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II.

“The people of Dagbon, especially the Andani and Abudu Royal families, are to be congratulated for this achievement, and for ensuring that the funerals of Ya-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II were held and concluded peacefully, bringing us to this very happy day.

I thank the Committee of Eminent Chiefs chaired by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, together with the Overlord of Mamprugu, the Nayiri, Naa Bohugu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, and the Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom, the Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa, for working so hard and with such determination to help us realise this memorable occasion. I salute their high sense of statesmanship and patriotism.”

President Akufo-Addo also expressed his confidence in the capability of the new Yaa-Naa to ensure unity, lasting peace and stability among the people of Dagbon.

The President further assured the people of Dagbon of Government’s continuous support to help in restoring the kingdom to its former glory and greatness.

Below is the full statement by President Nana Addo

Today is a happy day for the good people of Ghana. At long last, the people of Dagbon have, by the grace of God, a new Ya-Naa, bringing to an end decades of division, strife and tension in Dagbon. I send warmest congratulations to Yo-Naa, , on his election, by the time-hallowed customary process, on Friday, 18th January, 2019, as the new Ya-Naa of Dagbon, following the completion of the final funeral rites of the late Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II, on Friday, 18th January, 2019.

The people of Dagbon, especially the Andani and Abudu Royal families, are to be congratulated for this achievement, and for ensuring that the funerals of Ya-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II were held and concluded peacefully, bringing us to this very happy day.

I thank the Committee of Eminent Chiefs chaired by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, together with the Overlord of Mamprugu, the Nayiri, Naa Bohugu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, and the Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom, the Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa, for working so hard and with such determination to help us realise this memorable occasion. I salute their high sense of statesmanship and patriotism.

The Kampakuya Naa, Yakubu Abdulai Andani, and the Bolin-Lana, Abdulai Mahamadu, are on their part to be commended for the constructive roles they played towards ensuring the completion of the funerals of their respective fathers, and for their subsequent words of acceptance, and declaration of loyalty to the new Ya-Naa. It is the expectation of the people of Dagbon that, as the eldest sons of two most recent Ya-Naas, they will help the new Ya-Naa lay the basis for the rapid development of Dagbon in unity and solidarity.

The security agencies are to be applauded for exhibiting professionalism in guaranteeing, despite one or two regrettable incidents, the peace of the area throughout this difficult period.

I am confident that the new Ya-Naa will steer ably the affairs of Dagbon, move swiftly to place the Kampakuya Na and the Bolin Lana in their rightful positions in the Kingdom, and help bring lasting peace and unity to one of the most ancient traditional states of our nation. He is an experienced and mature man, a man who loves his people, and a man who will work to ensure that Dagbon prospers, and offers opportunities for its youth to enhance their lives in normalcy and security.

Like the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians, I am delighted about today, and I look forward eagerly to visiting Yendi soon to congratulate the new Ya-Naa in person, once he is outdoored. I assure him and the entire people of Dagbon of my Government's wholehearted support in helping to restore Dagbon to its former glory and greatness.

Signed

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic.

---citinewsroom

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