Regional News of Monday, 28 July 2014
An attempt by the Yendi Municipal Security Council to stop the Abudu Royals from celebrating this year’s Eid-ul fitr festival in Yendi has fallen flat.
Citi News intercepted a letter signed by Chairman of the Yendi Municipal Security Council, Issah Zakariah, who sought to ban the Abudu Royals from celebrating the festival.
In response, the Abudus Regent, Boling-Lana Mahamadu Abdulai rubbished the letter and said they will celebrate the festival in a grand style in Yendi.
The Boling-Lana cautioned the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, Issah Zakariah against what he described as acts of impunity which could destabilize the fragile peace in Yendi.
He claimed the Yendi MCE had no locus determining who should celebrate any festival and at what day in Yendi.
The Boling-Lana Mahamadu Abdulai declared the Abudu Royals persistence to resist any attempts by the Yendi MCE to infringe on their fundamental human rights.
He called on President John Dramani Mahama to warn the Yendi MCE to stop taking sides in Dagbon chieftaincy matters for peace to prevail in Yendi.
Below is the Abudu Royals response:
The above refers and responds to same as follows:
1. We do not know under what law or custom that your outfit has to direct that preparations towards the celebration of the eidul-fitr should only be observed at Gbewaa, Kuga, Zohe, Balogu and Kpatuya and will be grateful if you could give us further and better particulars in respect of same.
2. Paragraphs 2 and 3 of your purported communiqué do not deserve any response as you do not have any authority either in law, fact or custom to have issued the purported communiqué.
3. In response to Paragraph 4 of your purported communiqué seeking to curtail our constitutional guarantee right to religious believe, we say that Eidul-fitr as you yourself observed is a religious celebration and is therefore an exception to notification of the Police in respect of its celebration.
Section 10 PUBLIC ORDER ACT, 1994 (ACT 491), provides as follows:
“Special event” means procession, parade, carnival, street dance, celebration of traditional custom, outdooring of traditional ruler, demonstration, public meeting and similar event but does not include— (a) religious meeting;
(b) charitable, social or sporting gathering;
(c) any lawful public entertainment or meeting”.
4. We wish to state that your actions in trying to stop the Abudu Family from celebrating the Eid-ul fitr which you have window dressed as a communiqué is against the 1992 Constitution which is the Supreme law of this country and will therefore not be heeded to.
5. We know you are biased in favour of the Andani Family of which you are a member, but we advise you to be fair and candid as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution in the discharge of your duties to enhance the peace that you inherited instead of trying to reignite confusion among the people of Yendi and Dagbon at large.
Barika da Sallah.
CC: 1. THE ANDANI ROYAL FAMILY 2. THE CHAIRMAN REGSEC, TAMALE 3. MUSEC MEMBER, YENDI 4. THE REGIONAL LIASON OFFICE, TAMALE 5. FM STATTIONS-TAMALE, SABOBA.