The Andani family has tasked the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to ensure he takes neutral decisions on the Dagbon peace plan.
They further expressed worry that the Boling Lana and his family were still residing in an a portion of the Gbewaa palace, contrary to the provisions of the peace plan – According to a road map, the government is responsible for the Gbewaa palace, until a commitee supervises the appointment and enskinnment of a Yaa Naa The Andanis have raised concerns about the possibilities of unilateral decisions by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in the ongoing Dagbon peace plan. This comes after a meeting held on Sunday, December 30, 2018, which was attended by some powerful chiefs. The Andani family expressed reservations about the fact that the Boling Lana and his family were still occupying a portion of the old Gbewaa Palace and have refused to vacate after performing the funeral of his father, Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV.
The Abudu royal family had earlier claimed it vacated the palace and handed it over to the government after two weeks, which elapsed on Friday, December 28, 2018. The municipal chief executive and chairman of Security Council of Yendi municipality, Alhaji Yussuf Abubakari, revealed that the Boling Lana was still residing at the palace, after he placed a request to the Asantehene, who chairs the media committee. It also follows a meeting between the leaders of the Andani family and president Akufo-Addo, to deal with new developments that were threatening the peace process. An Andani youth leader, Basharu Dabali, said the residence of Boling Lana is part of the Gbewaa Palace, and would be occupied by special palace functionaries when the funeral of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II commences few days ahead. He added that the Andani family, therefore, has decided it will not commence the funeral of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani until the Boling Lana completely leaves the Old Gbewaa Palace.
According to him, the decision has been communicated to the mediation committee of Eminent Kings through the Ku’ga Naa in Yendi. The Asantehene, Otumfu Osei Tutu II, the overlord of Gonjas, Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresah I, and King of Moamprusis, Naa Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, were appointed to mediate a resolution between the Abudu and Andani royal families. This was after they fought in a war over control of the Dagbon skin in 2002, that led to the killing of the sitting overlord, Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II. In 2006, the committee and representatives of the feuding factions agreed to a series of compromises towards a complete mediation of the crisis. These agreements were compiled and named “Dagbon Roadmap to Peace”. As part of the peace process, the government was tasked with the enforcement the committee’s decision, and president Akufo-Addo appended an Executive Order, after he was briefed on Wednesday, November 23, 2018. The government was also mandated to take custody of the Gbewaa Palace after the funerals until the committee, in line with Dagbon custom and traditions, supervised the appointment and enskinment of a Yaa Naa.
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