Dagbon Crisis – Asantehene Blames Politicians

Dagbon Crisis – Asantehene Blames Politicians

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has blamed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the difficulty in resolving the Dagbon crisis.

He said while the Committee of Eminent Chiefs which he chaired, spent time and energy, sometimes at odd hours to help bring lasting peace to the people of Dagbon, politicians from the two parties continuously stoke fire for political gains.

“I want to stress that politicians can never resolve this protracted Dagbon Chieftaincy crisis, therefore, they better keep themselves out to allow the traditional rulers and the Dagbon people themselves to resolve the matter,” he said.

The Asantehene, who was speaking at a colourful durbar to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Enstoolment of Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene at Juaben  Ashanti; expressed concern that while the NDC said they were for Andanis, the NPP insisted they supported the Abudus.

Otumfuo pointed out that but for the negative activities of politicians his committee would have put the Dagbon issue to rest by now.

Minsing no words about the headache politicians were giving him over the Dagbon crisis, he said, it was time for them to back off, adding he could not continue to play a lead role in the settlement process if the situation persisted.

Stressing the role of chieftaincy in national developments, the Asantehene challenged Nananom to give meaning to the stools they occupy by seeking the welfare of their subjects.

A chief of good standing, he noted, was not the one who put gorgeous clothes, and gold ornaments but the one who lead his people to chat a path of development.

The Asantehene pointed out that he had seen tremendous development under Nana Otuo Siriboe and urged him to continue with the spirit in the years ahead, adding it is in this vain that I congratulate the Juabenhene.

The Vice- President Mr. John Mahama said the world had changed and today people had become so enlightened that they wanted their chiefs to do what would be appreciable level of development to them and their communities.

He indicated that traditional rulers had significant roles to play in national development that is the reason why the government always recognized them as partners in development.

Mr. Mahama pointed out that since Ghana was bigger than any individual, all manner of people must live within the laws of the land

He said as the nation entered into an election year, it behooved everyone to avoid acts that could disturb the peace of the nation.

The government, for its part, would do everything to ensure that the elections were held in an atmosphere of peace, he gave the assurance.

Mr. Mahama commended the Asantehene for the laudable role he had played in trying to restore peace in Dagbon and promised that the government would support his committee in its work.

Source: Manhyia Palace

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