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Regional News of Sunday, 6 January 2019


Minority MPs donate towards Late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II's funeral

The Northern Region Minority Caucus in Parliament has donated food items including bags of rice, cooking oil, drinking water, two bulls and undisclosed amount of money worth several thousands of Ghana cedis towards the performance of the funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II.

The ranking Member of Communications Committee of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu Constituency of the Northern Region, Hon Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini on behalf of the NDC Northern Region Caucus presented the donated items to the family at the Gbewaa palace in Yendi on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Speaking to after the presentation, Hon. A.B.A said the move form part of their plans to help the organizing committee of the ongoing funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II to reduce their financing burden.

He therefore appealed to family of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II to ensure peace, unity and stability during and after the funeral performance.

The delegation was led by the Northern Regional Chairman of the NDC Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila in the company of other regional executives such as: Regional Vice Chairman Mr Ali Adolf, Regional Organiser Abdallah Baba alias Babazee; Regional Youth Organiser Alhaji Inusah, Deputy Regional Treasurer Hajia Shamima.

Others included the constituency Chairmen of Sagnarigu and Yendi Alhaji Abdallah Zakaria and Alhaji Ibrahim Mahama respectively.

The team also paid a courtesy call on Naa Yab Kug Naa, Naa Abdulai Adam, the Custodian and repository of Dagbon custom and culture. The delegation has since returned to Tamale.

Receiving the items on behalf of the family of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, the Overlord of Dagbon Traditional area, Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu thanked them for the kind gesture and promised to ensure peace in Dagbon during and after the funeral performance.

The final funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II began on Friday, January 4, to January 18, 2019 at Yendi in the Northern Region.

This comes after the Abudu Royal family performed the final funeral rites of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV in line with the roadmap for peace in Dagbon.


The two royal gates of Dagbon have been engaged in chieftaincy conflicts that boiled over on 27 March 2002 and resulted in the assassination of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II and the killing of 30 others.

The government of then-president John Agyekum Kufuor declared a state of emergency and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the Dagbon Traditional Area.

The Kufuor government set up the Justice Wuako Commission to investigate the crisis and it has since submitted its report.

The government also appointed the Committee of Eminent Chiefs led by the Asantehene to find a traditional solution to the impasse.

On 21 November 2018, the eminent chiefs made up of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa I and Nayiri, Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga presented the progress report to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the presence of chiefs from both the Andani and Abudu gates at the Jubilee House.

A new Ya Na for Dagbon is expected to be enskinned after the royal funerals to bring lasting peace to the area.

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