The NPP gladly joins the rest of the world to commend the people of Dagbon particularly the Abudu and Andani Royal families for their respective commitments towards bringing to an end decades of unrest and division in Dabgon culminating in today’s historic coronation of a new Yaa Naa. The party equally congratulates the immediate past Yoo-Naa, Abubakari Mahama, on his coronation as the 42nd Overload of Dadgon.
The Dagbon State is undoubtedly, one of the richest and most ancient traditional kingdoms in the nation’s history dating back to the 13th century. Dagbon had remained largely peaceful contributing significantly to the nation’s cultural heritage until it was plagued with decades of chieftaincy crisis occasioned mainly by intense disagreements between its two royal gates in relation to succession to the Yaa Naa kinship and associated customary practices.
The crisis, regrettably, got to a crescendo in 2002 when the then King of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, together with others, were assassinated leading to heightened tension in the kingdom particularly in the traditional capital, Yendi. Dagbon had since been living without a substantive Yaa Naa but under a regent who was installed in 2006 to act as the kingdom’s sovereign until a new ruler is chosen to occupy the revered Lion Skin.
It is worthy of note that successive governments, from the Nkrumah administration to the Fourth Republic, had tried resolving the Dagbon crisis but achieved very little as the division appeared almost intractable. Obviously, the most historic intervention that is worth mentioning is the setting up of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs by President Kufour to help resolve the conflict. Succeeding presidents continued to cooperate with the eminent chiefs headed by Otumfuo.
However, as Prof Gyampo put it, President Akufo-Addo’s intense commitment, audacious boldness and tactfulness for the purposes of ensuring lasting peace in Dagbon, stands him out among his predecessors in dealing with the Dagbon crisis. It is under his presidency and through his tactful instrumentality that the roadmap towards a lasting peace in Dagbon was fully implemented and climaxed with the selection and enkinment of a new Overload.
The NPP, accordingly, commends His Excellency President Akufo-Addo, all past Presidents, the Committee of Eminent Chiefs comprising the Asantehene, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Overlord of Gonjaland, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Bore Essa Sulemana Jakpa and the Overlord of Mamprugu, Nayiri Nabohagu Mahami Sheriga. We applaud the efforts of both the family heads of the Abudu and Andani gates in achieving this historic feat.
The party also commends, more importantly, the good people of Dagbon for this indelible achievement. It is our fervent hope and expectation that the new Yaa Naa will continue to receive the full cooperation of all stakeholders to help restore Dagbon to its former glory and greatness for the love of God and country.
Long live Dagbon and the Lion Skin!!
General Secretary, NPP