President Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated Naa Alhaji Abukari Mahama after he was selected as the new Yaa-Naa by the custodians of Dagbon tradition. The president, in a statement Friday evening, charged the new Yaa-Naa to bring “lasting peace and unity” in Dagbon, which he observed has seen decades of division, strife and tension.
He said: “Today is a happy day for the good people of Ghana. At long last, the people of Dagbon have, by the grace of God, a new Ya-Naa, bringing to an end decades of division, strife and tension in Dagbon. I send warmest congratulations to Yo-Naa, the Savelugu Naa, Abubakari Mahama, on his election, by the time-hallowed customary process, on Friday, 18th January, 2019, as the new Ya-Naa of Dagbon, following the completion of the final funeral rites of the late Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II, on Friday, 18th January, 2019.
“…I am confident that the new Ya-Naa will steer ably the affairs of Dagbon, move swiftly to place the Kampakuya Na and the Bolin Lana in their rightful positions in the Kingdom, and help bring lasting peace and unity to one of the most ancient traditional states of our nation. He is an experienced and mature man, a man who loves his people, and a man who will work to ensure that Dagbon prospers, and offers opportunities for its youth to enhance their lives in normalcy and security.”