The Christian Mothers Association of Ghana has pointed accusing figures at some elements in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for fueling the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis.
Members of the Association in Yendi, Accra and Kumasi, who spoke to Today condemned the polarisation of the Dagbon crisis and were quick to add that there are political undertones to the crisis.
?Enough is enough..,? the members said in an interview as they called on residents of Yendi township to heed calls of Ghanaians and prominent people such as the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for peace.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has for the past seven years chaired the Committee of Eminent Chiefs to mediate on the crisis that was ignited after the death of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II and some 40 of his elders and subjects at the old Gbewa Palace.
According to the group, their criticism of the two parties [the NDC and the NPP] should not be taken in bad taste, especially as the group has no ill-feelings towards politicians but ??only seeking the good of Dagbon and its inhabitants?.?
A leading member of the group, Madam Akua Asare, expressed frustration about the alignment of the two royal gates to the two main political parties in the country.
?Since this heartless incident occurred, instead of the NDC and the NPP to continue to set up [a] very high powered commission to look into the matter, the two sought to play the blame game,? she said.
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Madam Asare therefore advised politicians to back off, noting that the Christian organisations could not continue to play a leading role in the settlement process if the situation persisted.
?We also agree with Otumfuo when he says the issue has been over politicized and even that it?s been divided as if it is an Andani-Abudu affair? [a] crime has been committed, the Ya -Na has been murdered and it must be dealt with as such and we encourage every Government that will want to find the killers of Ya-Na to go ahead and that is what the NDC is committed to doing? she noted .
?We should all admit that people who describe it as a war situation are the people to blame. I don?t think it was war; Ya Na did not go to war with anybody; Ya Na was the Overlord; he was murdered, he was killed, and the State must do everything possible to find the killers?.
She further agreed with the Otumfuo that the traditional aspect must be dealt with as the traditional aspect and people should cease interfering with that process? she stressed.