The Overlord of Dagbon State, Ya- Na Abukari II will send a delegation to the Menhiya Palace this weekend to meet with the Asantehene, Otumfou Osei Tutu II over the recent Nantong chieftaincy impasse.
The delegation is expected in the Asante regional capital, Kumasi this Friday ahead of the crunch meeting on Saturday with the Asante King who’s chief mediator of the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute.
Last Sunday, the King of Dagbon appointed former Vo- Na M.B Bawa as the new Chief of Nantong traditional area but there has since been disagreement over the Ya- Na’s appointment.
Shortly after the Ya- Na announced the new Nantong Chief, angry youth in the area took to the streets and destroyed several properties and also blocked some major roots linking Nantong to other areas in protest against the Ya- Na’s appointment.
The newly appointed Chief is yet to enter Nantong following pockets of threats by some angry youth in the area who say they prefer Chief Zoosali- Lana Haruna Tia, a former Northern region NPP chairman to the Ya- Na’s choice.
Only yesterday (Tuesday), stakeholders in Nantong served a strongly worded notice in a letter addressed to the Northern regional Minister and copied to various security agencies that, they will not accept any other person apart from Zoosali Lana Haruna Tia Sulemana as chief of Nantong.
“We the undersigned elders and opinion leaders of Nantong traditional area hereby raise our concern about the appointment of the chief of Nantong by the Ya- Na.
We have unanimously agreed that the person appointed will not be accepted in anyway in Nantong traditional area. We therefore serve this notice to you and other relevant bodies and persons that, it is the Zoosali Lana Alhaji Haruna Tia Sulemana we want to be the chief of Nantong and no body else”.
Alhaji Chief Haruna Tia is the current chief of Zoosali, another powerful skin in the Dagbon State.
Zoosali- Lana Haruna Tia has been in Nantong since Sunday as the new chief of the area thus preventing the Ya- Na’s appointee entry.
Our sources at the Gbewaa palace in Yendi say the delegation will be meeting the Asantehene to reaffirm the Ya- Na’s legitimate choice of Chief M.B Bawa for the Nantong gate skin.
” the visit to the menhiya palace on Saturday is to inform the Asantehene of the Ya- Na’s choice for the Nantong skin who is Chief MB Bawa and also to talk to Zoosali- Lana to vacate Nantong to avert any possible clash which could degenerate to something else “. our source disclosed.
The Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and for that matter government and the chief mediator of the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute, the Asantehene have since remained mute over the developing matter.
The disagreement over the Nantong skin appointment is the first of six since the Ya- Na assume the Dagbon Paramountcy in January of this year.
Other major skins the Ya- Na has made appointments so far include Gbullung, Zoosali, Tolong, Diyari and Vogu.