President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Friday led the Government delegation to celebrate the long-awaited dawn of peace in Dagbon, being crowned with the investiture of Ya Naa Abubakari Mahama II as the 44th King of the 600-year-old Dagbon Dynasty.
Resplendent in a bright yellow smock and traditional northern leather boots, the President arrived at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi to a tumultuous welcome and prolonged jubilation, as the euphoric crowd at the forecourt of the Palace cheered in gratitude and recognition of his faith and commitment to see a united Dagbon for development.
The President, in his engagement with the people of Yendi before and after he assumed the reigns of government, promised that he would ensure that peace, tranquility and reconciliation was brought to the Dagbon Traditional Area.
“I am an Akyem from Abuakwa, I’m neither Abudu nor Andani. But I will help bring peace to Dagbon,” he told the people of the area in an interaction last year.
He followed this up by tasking the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, headed by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to fashion a roadmap for the restoration of peace in Dagbon.
The work of the Committee culminated in the performance of the final funeral rites of both Naa Mahamadu Abdulai and Naa Yakubu Andani II, and paved the way for the selection of Yo-Na Abubakari Mahama as the new regent of the area by kingmakers.
This was after a rigorous traditional process, a development that has been accepted by both the Abudu and Andani Royal gates in Dagbon, who have committed to peace and have said they looked forward to the development of the Dagbon State.