- Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani says 14 years after the murder of their king Yan Na Yakubu Andani, there is delay in justice
- He said this at the 14th commemoration of the death of the Overlord of Dagbon
- He said the government lacked the will power to let the perpetrators be brought to book
- Yanaa Yakubu Andani warned government not to meddle in their customs and traditions of the Dagbon Kingdom regarding their enskinment and burial processes
- The Abudu gate and the Andani gate are locked in contention over of the performance of the final funeral rites of Mahamadu Abdulai IV, a late Yanaa, in the Gbewa Palace by the former
The Andani royal gate of the Dagbon Traditional Area in the Northern Region says that 14 years after the murder of the Overlord of Dagbon Kingdom, Yanaa Yakubu Andani, the perpetrators are still walking freely.
Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani has attributed the delay in bringing justice to the Dagbon Kingdom as a planned effort by the government to shield the perpetrators.
He was speaking at the 14th commemoration of the heinous murder of the Overlord of the Dagbon Kingdom.
The Yanaa was killed in cold blood by some unknown assailants together with some of his sub-chiefs and elders in the Gbewa Palace at Yendi on March 27, 2002.
Naa Yakubu stated that the murderers of the king had not been brought to book due to lack of political will by the government and not for want of evidence.
He wondered how the various governments had not attached any seriousness to the murder of their kin and warned of a serious repercussion.
“We wish to state that the government should not delude itself into thinking that by deliberately procrastinating the matter, the long lapse of time will consign the murderers to history.
“By reveling in this delusion, the government should not turn round one day and look surprised when the wind of complacency it has continued to sow all these years, results in a whirlwind,” he added.
Yanaa Yakubu Andani reminded the President, John Mahama that the sacred oath of his office demands that he does right to all manner of persons, as a constitutional obligation.
“We wish to state that we are systematically documenting our repeated calls to the powers that be that they have the responsibility to the people of Ghana and to the people of Dagbon in particular to ensure that justice and the rule of law prevail,” Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani said.
He warned government to stay out of the customs and traditions of the Dagbon Kingdom regarding their enskinment and burial processes.
He said the issue of the performance of the funerals of Ya –Nas was the exclusive prerogative of the custodians of the Dagbon traditions.
“We, therefore, ask the government to respect these tenets of Dagbon traditions and the customs and allow the custodians of Dagbon traditions to perform their responsibilities,” he stated.
He said the Andani Family would under no circumstances accept any decision by the government to enforce the burial of Mahamadu Abdulai IV on them at the Gbewa Palace since such decision will be to reward crime.
“For the avoidance of doubt we would like to reiterate very forcefully that we shall under no circumstances allow the funeral of Mahamadu Abdulai to be performed at the Gbewa Palace,” he emphasised.
The Abudus and the Andanis are locked in contention over of the performance of the final funeral rites of Mahamadu Abdulai IV, a late Ya Na, in the Gbewa Palace by the Abudu Royal Family.
This bone of contention is currently being mediated by the Asantehene-led Committee of Eminent Chiefs in the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute.
While the Abudu gate insists that the final funeral rites of Mahamadu Abdulai be performed at the Gbewa Palace, the Andani family, however, are of the view that Mahamadu Abdulai was not a Ya Na at the time of his death and so his funeral does not deserve a Gbewa Palace reception.
It would be recalled that the Abudu Family gave the government a two-week ultimatum last year to fast-track rehabilitation works on the Gbewa Palace to enable them to perform the final funeral rites of Mahamadu Abdulai or they would adopt any means possible to enter the palace to perform his funeral rites.
The Andanis however, did not take this ultimatum lightly and expressed their readiness in a press statement to face any person who would attempt to use any means possible to enter the Gbewa Palace.