The chiefs and people of the Dagbon State, on Friday, January 25, 2019, expressed their inestimable gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, for his legendary instrumentality and tactfulness in helping bring unity and lasting peace to the hitherto, troubled kingdom. They, accordingly, conferred on him the meritorious title of King of Peace and enskinned him Naa Abudani. This happened at the investiture of His Royal Highness Abubakari Andani, the new Yaa Naa.
In his inaugural address, the new Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abubakari Andani, stated that, “Your Excellency, today has been possible as a result of your unparalleled courage, great sense of fairness and strong leadership. Dagbon will forever be grateful for your sterling leadership and warm friendship to us. The king acknowledged the president’s pledge to work for the unity, peace and development of Dagbon which pledge, he said, the president had strictly adhered to.
“Over the past two years, you and your government have acted fairly in this matter. You never gave up, even in the face of enormous challenges, in your pursuit of peace and unity in Dagbon. You deployed the full arsenals and resources of the State to achieve what we are witnessing today”, he added.
Dagbon had, for years, been engulfed in a century old chieftaincy crisis between its two royal gates, Abudu and Andani gates regarding succession to the Yaa Naa kinship. No government, from the days of president Nkrumah, had been able to frontally deal with the Dagbon crisis with the kind of audacious boldness, meticulousness and tactfulness we have seen President Akufo-Addo exhibit.
This therefore justifies the tons of praises and compliments being rained on him by the people of Dagbon and beyond. Indeed, the people have gone ahead to mount many billboards and printed t-shirts with the president’s picture and that of the new Yaa Naa bearing inscriptions that read, “Dagbon says thank you Mr. President”.
On his part, President Naa Abudani Akufo-Addo, while thanking the Dagbon people for the gesture, was quick to recognize the very significant contributions and conspicuous roles played by all his predecessors especially President Kufour, who put together the Otumfuo-led Committee of Eminent Chiefs that eventually came up with the roadmap to peace after some painstaking engagements. He expressed gratitude to the eminent chiefs and also congratulated the Dagbon people in particular for this historic feat.
The president also used the occasion to challenge them to maintain the peace and unity that have been realized in order to help accelerate the development of Dagbon as he announced that Cabinet had, only last week, approved a $30 million water supply project for the people of Yendi, the traditional capital of Dagbon, and its environs.
In all, Yaa Naa Abubakari’s investiture was very successful with spectacular scenes of cultural display depicting the richness of the enviable Dagbon tradition. Of course, like other political parties, the governing NPP was well represented at this history-making event with a powerful delegation led by its General Secretary, John Boadu and a host of party bigwigs.
By Iddi Muhayu-Deen