The Andani royal family in Dagbon has postponed the funeral rites of the late Ya Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani II, which were expected to begin today, Friday, 4 January to 11 January 2019.
Mr Anas Abdulai, Chairman of the Andani Youth Association, explained to Class91.3FM’s regional correspondent, Mohammed Gadafi that the elders of the Andani royal gate postponed the funeral because the Bolin-Lana, Mahamadu Abdulai, is occupying one of the customary houses that some of the traditional leaders required for the funeral, are to be housed.
He said the Northern Regional Security Council has given the family the assurance to relocate the Bolin-Lana from the place before the new date.
The funeral forms part of the roadmap announced by the Otumfuo-led Committee of Eminent Chiefs to restore peace to 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.