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Centenarian Chief decries chieftaincy disputes
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Regional News of Wednesday, 20 September 2006

Source: GNA

Centenarian Chief decries chieftaincy disputes

Sandema (U/E), Sept 20, GNA - Nab Ayieta Azantilow, the Paramount Chief of Builsa Traditional Area, has expressed concern over the rising spate of chieftaincy disputes in the country.

He said it was worrying that unqualified persons paid their way into the chieftaincy institution without due regard to traditional procedures.

He said the chieftaincy institution was a sacred one that should be preserved for the unity of the people to achieve progress for the society.

Nab Ayieta Azantilow said this in an interview with Ghana News Agency in his palace at Sandema as part of preparations towards the 75th anniversary celebrations of his enskinment.

The 106-year-old chief is believed to be the oldest reigning chief in the country, took part in the Second World War and was instrumental for the Northern Territories to be part of Ghana.

"You cannot be a chief by yourself and begin to rule" he said. Nab Ayieta Azantilow called on king makers not to allow monetary gains to influence their decisions in choosing candidates. He said much of the disputes have retarded the progress of societies and urged all chieftaincy aspirants to let sound reasoning prevailed in their quest for power. Nab Ayieta Azantilow commended the government for establishing the chieftaincy ministry and was optimistic that it would have the political will to resolve all the disputes. Throwing some lights on his reign, he said he had enjoyed tremendous loyalty and support from his elders and his people and this had ensured a stable environment in the region.

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