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General News of Monday, 21 January 2019

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Your legacy can’t be overlooked – Prof. Gyampo applauds Akufo-Addo for resolving Dagbon dispute

Prof. Ransford Gyampo, Director at the Centre for European Studies at University of Ghana Prof. Ransford Gyampo, Director at the Centre for European Studies at University of Ghana

Director of European Studies at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo has applauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his boldness and tactfulness that has led to the restoration of peace at Dagbon and the acceptance of Yo-Naa Abukari Mahama II as their new Yaa Naa following the successful burial of the late Yaa Naa.

In a statement copied to Ghanaweb, the political science lecturer said President Akufo-Addo’s legacy cannot be overlooked and needs to be celebrated for his impeccable approach in resolving the conflict that lasted in Dagbon for 16 years.

Heaping praises on the President, Prof Gyampo said, “Well done Mr President. This is a good legacy that cannot be glossed over by right thinking people in society...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,” he added.

Prof Gyampo also commended former presidents for their active roles in ensuring the roadmap to peace saying their efforts cannot be unnoticed.

“We cannot lose sight of the role of JA Kufuor 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,” he averred.

The political scientist further congratulated Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the eminent chiefs as well as chiefs and people of Dagbon for making Dagbon see peace after so many years.

Read full statement below

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 Kufuor 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.

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

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