Regent of Dagbon, Mahamadu Abdulai, on Thursday, amidst drumming and dancing went round the Gbewah Palace three times on a horse, as part of the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV.
The Regent was led in this exercise by the Regent of Tolon, Major Retired Sulemana and Mabaduku Iddrisu Iddi amongst other chiefs of the Dagbon Kingdom.
The ceremony was witnessed by a government delegation, led by the Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, chiefs and people from the Dagbon Kingdom amongst others.
The government delegation, led by the Vice President Dr Bawumia, later paid a courtesy call on the Regent Mahamadu Abdulai at Zei (his residence) in the Gbewah Palace.
In a related development, a delegation representing the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, led by Baffour Asabere Ababio III, Otumfuo Nsumankwahene, presented an amount of GHC 5,000, soft drinks, a bottle of schnapps, a bag of kola amongst others to the chiefs and elders of the Abudu Royal Family.
Today’s event was in line with the roadmap for the performance of the funerals of the late Overlords of the Dagbon Kingdom.
On November 21, the Committee of Eminent Chiefs mediating the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis, called on President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House and presented to him a roadmap for the performance of the funerals of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II as part of efforts to resolve the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis.
According to the roadmap, the Abudu Royal Family was to perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV from December 14, 2018 to December 28, 2018 at the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi and vacate the palace to allow the Andani Royal Family to also enter the palace from January 4, 2019 to January 18, 2019 to perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II.
Immediately after the two funerals, a substantive Yaa-Naa would be selected and enskinned to rule over the Dagbon Kingdom.
The Abudu Royal Family, per the roadmap, will climax the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai II on December 28 and vacate the Gbewah Palace paving way for the Andani Royal Family to also enter the Palace to perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II.