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08.04.2006 General News

PNC commends the Cttee of eminent chiefs


Accra, April 8, GNA - The Peoples National Convention (PNC) has commended the Committee of Eminent Chiefs upon whose efforts the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Yakubu Andani would be buried today Monday April 10, 2006.

Ya Na Andani, was murdered together with 40 others four years ago following a clash between the two gates of Dogbon, the Abudu's and the Andani of the area.

A statement signed by the leader of the PNC said the eminent chiefs have work very hard to ensure peace and understanding between the two factions.

"Their task is not yet completed but we are sure that this landmark achievement of peace negotiations and reconciliation will spur the traditional rulers on to go the extra mile to bring the rest pf the traditional aspects of the matter to an amicable conclusion," it said. The PNC noted that as far back in 2003 it urged that the solution to the Dagbon crisis had to take two parallel lines, the traditional and criminal aspects.

It urged the government to ensure that the security situation does not allow any individual or groups of person to disturb the peace and said the long lasting peace in the area and in the nation as a whole could only be achieved when justice was done. The statement thanked both gates for cooperating to arrive at this point and said all Ghanaians who are by nature peaceful have applauded their desire for peace.

It called on both sides to restrain their supporters so as to achieve a peaceful burial.

"Everyone one usually says, 'may he rest in peace', but if we are violent at the burial, how can he rest in peace," the statement asked. The Committee of Eminent Chiefs was under the Chairmanship of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.