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Andanis unite for Ya Na funeral

The Andani royal family in the Dagomba Traditional Kingdom in the Northern Region has finally reached an amicable resolution to perform the funeral rites of the late Ya Na Yakubu Abdulai Andani II.

This turn of event brings finality to the tussle within the family as to whether or not they will perform the royal funeral of the late Dagbon Overlord.

The elders of the family, led by Vo Na Alhaji M. B. Bawah, Lamashe Na, Sagnari Na, Mr Ibrahim Mahama, a lawyer, together with other high-profile chiefs from the Andani gate, held a crunch meeting on Sunday, 23 December 2018 in Yendi with the Kampakuya Na Yakubu Abdulai Andani, who had earlier threatened to withdraw from the peace process and stall the performance of the funeral of the late Ya Na.

The Vo Na, who spoke to the media after the meeting, revealed that the Kampakuya Na has now decided to go along with the family to allow peace to prevail.

The Vo Na added that the Kampakuya Na has endorsed the performance of his father’s funeral as contained in the final roadmap agreed by both Abudu and Andani royal families.

“The Kampakuya Na, Yakubu Abdulai Andani reassured us that the funeral of the late Na Yakubu will surely come off because he is also seeking to perform his father’s funeral,” the Vo Na explained.

He emphasised that the Kampakuya Na told the family leaders that: “He is not against the performance of his father’s funeral” as being alleged.

The Kampakuya Na and his supporters had earlier alleged that they have been sidelined in the peace process by the Committee of Eminent Chiefs and further cited violations of the customs and traditions of the people of Dagbon.

The Otumfuo-led Committee announced earlier this month that both Abudu and Andani royal families in Dagbon should perform the funeral rites of their respective late Overlords, Ya Na Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Ya Na Yakubu Andani II.

The Abudu royal family commenced funeral activities in honour of the late Ya Na Mahamadu Abdulai IV on Friday, 14 December and the process is expected to be completed on 28 December 2018.

The funeral of the late Ya Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani II of the Andani royal gate will also be held afterwards from 4 – 18 January 2019.

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