Peace at last in Dagbon in the Northern Region?

A major milestone has been achieved in the protracted chieftaincy conflict in Dagbon in the Northern Region of Ghana where two factions Abudus and Andanis have been at war with each other for years.

On Thursday, the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II presented to president Nana Akufo-Addo a roadmap for peace in the conflict-prone area.

This roadmap is a culmination of 12 years of mediation between the Abudus and Andanis by three eminent chiefs led by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Background of the Event

On March 27, 2002, there was a war between the two factions which led to the murder of the YaNa Yakubu Andani and some of his elders.

The war was a dispute over who was the rightful heir to the Dagbon throne. Shortly after the deaths a Commission of Enquiry chaired by a Judge, Wuako was tasked to investigate the circumstances which led to the war.

The Commission recommended the prosecution of some two persons who were reported to have been seen with the severed head of the late chief and some body parts. It also recommended that the government must find a lasting peace between the two feuding factions.

In line with the recommendations, the suspects were prosecuted but were acquitted and discharged. A committee of three eminent chiefs was also constituted by the then ex-president John Kufuor.

It has taken over 12 years for the committee of eminent chiefs to also conclude its mediation into the matter.

Addressing the president at the Flagstaff on Wednesday the Asantehene who described the president as lucky said the mediation was an independent piece of work by the eminent chiefs without any interference by the political elites.

He said there has to be funerals for the two late Ya-Nas, Mahamadu Abdulai, and Yakubu Andani after which a search for the rightful heir will begin. The series of events marks one of the historic events that has occurred in Ghana.