The Abudu Royal of Dagbon are happy that the final funeral rites of their late father and overlord of the Dagbon Kingdom, Naa Mahamadu Abdulai has been performed and that the clouds of darkness that hang over the Dagbon kingdom and Dagombas the world over has been lifted.
The Bolin Lana who is the head of the Abudu Royal gate made this known on Friday, 4th January, 2019, when he, accompanied by some of the family members paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, following the performance of the funeral of the late Ya Naa, Mahamadu Abdulai.
According to him, the conflict which has outlived several presidents in the country has been the key factor that has culminated in the underdevelopment of Dagbon and expressed gratitude to president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his foresight and visionary leadership which has culminated in the return of peace to the Dagbon Kingdom.
Bolin Lana Abdulai Mahamadu continued, “This conflict has outlived numerous Presidents and Governments. Mr. President, this afternoon, we are here to thank you. Your Excellency, we thank you for your courage. We thank you for your sense of fairness. We thank you for your bold vision for Dagbon and Ghana. We are truly grateful for your distinguished exemplary leadership.”
“It turned brothers against brothers, sisters against sisters, fathers against children, and, indeed, converted friends into foes. Mr. President, this conflict, over the years, has damaged properties in all parts of Dagbon. It compromised our culture and eroded our dignity as a people. It has cost us lots of precious lives,” he said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, led by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Nayiri, Naa Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, and the Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa I, for their relentless efforts in helping in finding lasting peace to the Dagbon conflict.
He also expressed appreciation to all former Presidents of the 4th Republic, the Northern Regional Minister, Honourable Salifu Saeed, members of REGSEC, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, amongst others, for their resilience and unflinching commitment to the peace and reconciliation of Dagbon.