Minority members of Parliament from Dagbon in the Northern Region have warned government to back off from its potentially destabilising move to cut off Chereponi from the Dagbon Traditional area to facilitate the creation of the new North East Region.
According to the MPs, it is worrying a government that claims to abide by rule of law will flagrantly trample on the rights, interests, history, culture and traditions of the oldest and most enduring traditional area of the country.
The MPs questioned the motivation of government to ride rough shod over the people of Chereponi in particular and Dabgon as a whole when they have unanimously conveyed their resolve to remain as one united Dagbon Traditional Area.
Addressing the media in Parliament last Tuesday, MP for Sagnerigu and ranking member of the Communications Committee, Hon. A.B.A. Fuseini, indicated that the Minority does not wish to interfere with government’s attempt to create more regions but warned the path the Akufo-Addo-led NPP is charting would only plunge the entire region into eternal chaos.
According to him, the Dabgon Traditional Council at various fora had made it abundantly clear that while Dagbon will not stand in the way of government in its bid to create any region, it is not willing to cede an inch of its territory to facilitate formation of any new region.
He stressed that the Chiefs and people of Chereponi, in asserting their inalienable right and wish to remain part of a unified Dagbon, have made their voices heard and have conveyed their sentiments to the government.
The Minority, he said, finds it distressing that though the people of Chereponi and the larger Dagbon continue to reiterate their quest to stick together as one traditional unit, the President and government have continued to support actions that undermine the position of the people of Dagbon.
“Could this be demonstration of raw political power to intimidate and cow into submission a law abiding people in furtherance of political objectives of the ruling government?”
“Is this an attempt to fulfill at all and at any cost the promise by the NPP to create new regions even if it means dismembering some traditional areas like Dagbon and create the basis for social strife or conflict,” he queried?
Hon. A.B.A. Fuseini cautioned President Akufo-Addo to exercise the greatest degree of civility, decorum and respect, especially to the views of the chiefs and people of Chereponi and take steps to safeguard the peace, order and stability of the area.
He said, “Government must take its hands off the Chereponi area and allow it to maintain its status as an integral part of Dagbon.”
According to him, the people of Dagbon recall with great pain and anguish how over a decade ago, an NPP government unleashed a tragedy of monstrous proportions on Dagbon, which culminated in the gruesome murder of Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II and dozens of his elders and advisors.
The people, he said, are still grappling to recover from this gruesome act and warned, “Let it not be said the present NPP government is about to open another sinister chapter in this callous attempt to dismember Dagbon.”
President Akufo-Addo, he said, must act speedily and appropriately on the matter before the conduct of the referendum, especially when the overlords of Anufor and Dagbon have petitioned his office on the matter.
Hon. A.B.A. Fuseini disclosed that massive security and logistics are being deployed in the Chereponi area to aid the Electoral Commission force a referendum on the people in an attempt to undermine the unity and territorial integrity of Dagbon.
He urged the international community to take active interest in the actions orchestrated and perpetuated by the government in furtherance of its political agenda and hold the Akufo-Addo administration solely responsible for any catastrophe that will happen in the area in the run up to the referendum, during and also after the referendum.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org