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General News of Monday, 21 January 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Gyampo lauds Nana Addo for implementing Dagbon peace plan

The Head of European Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Yaw Gyampo, has commended President Nana Akufo-Addo for the role he played in ensuring the implementation of a road-map to peace in Dagbon.

The Savelugu Naa, Alhaji Abubakari Mahama II was selected as the new Yaa-Naa of Dagbon last week after the funeral of the Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II, who died in 2002.

“President Akufo-Addo deserves some commendation. Under his presidency and through his instrumentalities (including boldness and tactfulness), the road map towards peace in Dagon has fully been implemented and Dagbon has selected a new Overlord,” he said in a statement.

Mr. President, please let year 2019 be full of such legacies that douses the divisive flames of winner-takes-all politics, creates national cohesion and resolves conflict through dialogue, tolerance, peace and political accommodation.

He also commended previous administrations for laying the groundwork for the successes in Dagbon.

“We cannot lose sight of the role of JA Kuffour in putting together the eminent chiefs headed by Otumfuo to resolve the conflict. Prof Mills and President Mahama also did what they could in creating some fertile ground for dialogue.”

The Yaa Naa is currently in Zohe as he continues his enskinment rituals.

He will be at Zohe till Tuesday before moving to the Mba Dugu palace to complete the enskinment process.

The threat of violence in the area prompted the imposition of a 12-hour curfew in the area.

A shooting incident claimed one life just as the new Yaa-Naa begun enskinment rituals.

Find below the full statement

Prof Gyampo Applauds Akufo Addo’s Boldness in Resolving Dagbon Conflict

President Akufo Addo deserves some commendation. Under his presidency and through his instrumentalities (including boldness and tactfulness), the road map towards peace in Dagon has fully been implemented and Dagon has selected a new Overlord.

Well done, Mr President. This is a good LEGACY that cannot be glossed over by right thinking people in society.



We cannot lose sight of the role of JA Kuffour in putting together the eminent chiefs headed by Otumfuor to resolve the conflict. Prof Mills and President Mahama also did what they could in creating some fertile ground for dialogue.

But the intense commitment, audacious boldness, tampered with tactfulness exhibited by President Akufo Addo, both visibly and behind the scenes, for the purposes of ensuring peace in Dagbon, stands him out among his predecessors in dealing with the crisis in Dagbon.

Mr President, this is a good legacy worth celebrating. A legacy that cannot be wiped away by any regime that succeeds you. A legacy that would outlive your name. A legacy that may be envied but cannot be destroyed by political opponents.

Mr. President, please let year 2019 be full of such legacies that douses the divisive flames of winner-takes-all politics, creates national cohesion and resolves conflict through dialogue, tolerance, peace and political accommodation.

Congratulations once again to President Akufo Addo, and all former Presidents, Otumfour and his eminent chiefs, as well as the chiefs and good people of Dagbon.

Congratulations, also to the chiefs and people of Dagbon. We watched your colorful culture displayed during the funeral rites.

Typical of any human society, I know some may have reservations about the current state of affairs but I respectfully urge all in the traditional area to let go, celebrate what has happened and move on for the sake of development in the area. For, in any meaningful conflict resolution, one cannot win all and must not also lose all.

Long Live Dagbon, Long Live Ghana

Yaw Gyampo A31 Prabiw P.A.V. Ansah Street Saltpond

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