Accra, Sept. 9, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on chiefs from the Northern Region to speedily settle all chieftaincy, land and ethnic disputes to accelerate the development and progress of the area.
He made a passionate appeal to eminent traditional rulers handling the 15-year-old Dagbon chieftaincy crises to find an amicable and lasting solution to the conflict, to enable the people of Yendi install a new Ya Na, during the Damba Festival in December.
President Akufo-Addo made the call when the Regent of Gonjaland, Tun Tumba Yagbong Wura Boresa Sulemana, and the Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, Nayiri Naa Bohigu Abdullai Mahami Sheriga paid separate calls on him at the Flagstaff House.
The traditional rulers were there to congratulate him on his victory at the December 2016 polls and for his ascension to the highest office of the land, as well as table their concerns to him for redress.
Emphatic on the need for peace and tranquility in the north, President Akufo-Addo said those areas of the country were the most deprived and that the continuous engagement in conflict of any kind would deny the area of the expected development that his administration had lined out in policies and programmes for the entire country.
The President expressed confidence in the eminent chiefs, including the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, negotiating peace in Dabgon, would find a solution that would bring closure to the conflict in the area.
He said the time had come for all to work together to find a lasting solution, thus, government would support any decision the chiefs arrived at to deal with the issue.
"My understanding is that now, the possibilities for it (peace) are very strong. Peace in Dagbon doesn’t just involve Dagbon. It involves the whole Ghana. It is a matter of high national priority to get Dagbon to succeed.
"We are prepared to support fully, any formula that you (traditional leaders) think will bring lasting peace,” President Akufo-Addo said adding that it was in the interest of Dagbon and the entire Ghana that there was a roadmap that all could support to bring peace to the area.