14:40, 12.Sep 2018
The Andani royal family of Dagbon in the Northern Region has appealed to the Chairman of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene in what they describe as a barrier to the processes leading to the funeral of the late Ya Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani II.
The Tonglana, Yakubu Andani, in a petition copied to President Nana Akufo-Addo and the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah, said the family would be unable to perform the funeral of the late Dagbon Overload in the face of this hurdle which contravenes the customs and tradition of Dagbon.
He explained that the continuous stay of Bolinlana Mahamadu Abdulai at the residence of Mba Dugu is affecting preparations of the Andani family.
He stated that while the house in question is the traditional residence of Mba Dugu, it is also the place where the Yeni Limam (Chief Imam) and the Gundo Naa (Queen Mother) take up temporary residence before the commencement of the funeral rites of a Ya Na, in which all the three play vital roles.
According to the Tonglana, the house in question is also the final stop of a newly enskinned Ya Na upon leaving the Zohi Palace, before he is eventually ushered into the Gbewaa Palace. Therefore, if the said premises are under alien occupation, the funeral of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II cannot proceed.
“Our final appeal to Your Royal Highness is for you to intervene and have these concerns addressed in a manner consistent with Dagbon tradition and customs. We will be unable to proceed with the performance of the funeral of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II in the face of such infractions of our customs and traditions and the blatant manifestation of impunity emanating from the other side,” he noted.
The Andani royal family was expected to begin the funeral of the late Ya Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani on 4 January 2019 but the family postponed it to 11 January 2019.
The Chairman of the Andani Youth, Mr Anas Abdulai also said in an exclusive interview with Class FM’s Mohammed Gadafi that, the Northern Regional Security Council has given them the assurance of vacating the Bolinlana before the new date is due.
According to the roadmap by the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, the funeral of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II is expected to end on January 18, 2018 before the kingmakers would nominate and enskin a new Ya Na.