ONE thing that continues to stifle development of our cities, towns and communities is chieftaincy dispute. Its complexity has even made matters worse, particularly when feuding parties assume entrenched positions and do not want to make way for amicability.
SADLY these chieftaincy quarrels have done us more damage than good—destruction of properties (both private and state), and in extreme cases led to loss of innocent and precious lives. In the face of all that, these same very people who dabble in these chieftaincy rows turn round to point the finger of blame on the government of the day for shirking its responsibility of providing them their share of the national cake. Interesting, isn’t it!
THERE are many towns and communities across this nation which names have gained notoriety for chieftaincy and other related conflicts. In such places the slightest misunderstanding is enough fire to trigger a whole community to be plunged into chaos with its attendant effects.
A typical case is Dagbon. For some years now, Dagbon has been lumbered with a protracted chieftaincy dispute. In fact, the situation has stalled progress of the Dagbon township. And indeed some inhabitants, for security reasons, have had to desert their once cherished homes.
HOWEVER, all is not lost! Today believes the coronation and outdooring of the new Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Naa Mahama Abukari II, should mark a fresh beginning for the people of Dagbon. It is an opportunity the people of Dagbon, regardless of tribal leanings, must seize and contribute towards making the town prosperous.
AND like President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo together with former President Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings both said the people of Dagbon must rally behind Ya Na Abukari II to bring about development.
“Naa, I know you are a man of peace and unity. I know, from a few decisions you have taken since your selection as Ya Naa, you are a man of reconciliation. I believe you are the man to reconcile Dagbon, and blunt the age-old rivalry of Abudu versus Andani, and put Dagbon back on the path to sustained progress and prosperity, as was envisaged by one of the greatest figures in the history of Dagbon, the 18th Ya-Naa, Naa Zangina,” President Akufo-Addo was reported to have said during the enskinment and outdooring ceremony of the new Ya Naa on Friday, January 25, 2019.
TO the new Ya Naa, we on this paper urge him to become a uniting force for the people of Dagbon, and not be bias in his decisions. Again we call on the people of Dagbon to make a solemn commitment to peace and also help contribute their quotas development of the town.
THE fact is that without peace and stability Dagbon would see no progress. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all the people of Dagbon to make sure that this time there is permanent peace in Dagbon to engineer growth.