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Resort to dialogue not violence; Gonjaland youth, DF and DAMAZ begs people Wasipe & Tolon traditional areas


The Gonja Land Youth Association (GLYA), the Dagbon Forum (DF) and DAMAZ have called for   peaceful coexistence between Wasipe traditional area and Tolon traditional area. They have also called for an end to all romours making rounds that the two traditional areas were preparing for a fight over land boundry. The supposed disputed land between Daboya and Tolon has been lingering for sometime now and tensions always heightening during farming season. But the 3 bodies said the two ethnic groups are more families now and nothing should be done jeopardize the good relationship. At a joint press conference on Monday in Tamale, President of GLYA, Lawyer Mohammed Amin, Dr Sulemana Abdulai President of Dagbon Forum and Alhaji Jagbo Bako Chairman of Dagbon Malimi Zuguo, called for  dialogue   instead of violence to resolving the  issue if there is any. They have urged all residents living in and around   Tolon District in the Northern and North Gonja District in the Wasipe traditional area to remain calm and adhere to the chiefs and leadership youth. The 3 groups have entreated residents, especially farmers who might have fled the area to go back and continue their farming activities. 



1 We the youth of Gonjaland and Dagbang noticed with grave concern that there was some misunderstanding between the people of Wasipe and Tolon, leading to the movement of some settlers and farmers from the Wasipe community back to the Tolon community.

2 This was based on information spread about alleged imminent attacks which potentially threatened the security of the communities and the cordial relationship between Gonjas and Dagombas.
3 The leaderships of the Gonjaland Youth Association (GLYA), Dagbang Forum and DAMAZ therefore held an emergency meeting on Saturday, 11th April, 2020 at Tamale to find immediate and lasting solutions to the situation.
4 As a result of the meeting, we visited His Royal Highness the Tolon Naa, Alhaji Major (Rtd) Sulemana Abubakar and His Royal Highness the Wasipewura, Yakubu Mumuni Anyani Kabasagiyiya at their palaces at Tolon and Daboya yesterday, and held very useful and fruitful discussions with them, in the presence of some Chiefs and Elders.
5 We were highly delighted by the two Chiefs’ recounting of long-standing cordial relationships and intertwining family ties between Gonjas and Dagombas, most particularly between the people of Wasipe and Tolon and the occupants of the skins.
6 Our visit was to complement the combined efforts by the Regional Security Councils of the Savannah and Northern Regions, and the Gonja and Dagbang Traditional Councils in this regard.

7 As youth, we are fully aware and conscious of the fact that the days when people used weapons such as guns, cutlasses and bows and arrows to resolve conflicts and settle their differences are long gone.

8 We know that in these days of civilization, people resort to dialogue and constant engagements on the basis of mutual respect, consensus building and rule of law as the only viable for conflict resolution and peaceful co-existence in diversity.
9 Unfortunately, we have realised that some individuals allegedly engaged in spreading rumours and making statements that created and inflamed tension between the people and communities.
10 It also came to our notice that some individuals have taken advantage of the situation and are tampering with the properties of those settlers and farmers without any justification.
11 We therefore wish to dissociate ourselves completely from such individuals and their acts, and state clearly that such behaviours amount to criminal acts and cannot be countenanced.

12 In the light of the above, and on the basis of our confidence in the strong assurances of His Royal Highness the Tolon Naa and His Royal Highness the Wasipewura, we wish to:
a) entreat the settlers and farmers to go back to their various settlements and farmlands where they used to be, and continue with their lives and farming activities without hindrance;
b) call on all members of the communities to desist from war and rumour mongering, and spreading of information that have the tendency of creating and inflaming tension in the communities;
c) encourage the members of the communities to report individuals who engage in unlawful acts to the security services for the appropriate action;
d) call on the security services to deal with individuals who engage in deviant acts in accordance with the law; and
e) call on the community members to desist from acts that only serve their individual parochial and selfish interests, and rather work towards our collective interests and the sustainable development of the communities; and
f) entreat our Chiefs and community members to follow due process and use the appropriate legal means for resolving conflicts and disagreements.

13. We, the youth of Gonjaland and Dagbang hereby resolve to continue working together for the lasting peace and sustainable development of our communities.
14. In this regard, we have agreed to visit the Overloads of our Kingdoms, the Yagbonwura and Yaanaa respectively, to move the agenda for peaceful co-existence and sustainable development forward.
15. We wish to thank His Royal Highness the Tolon Naa and His Royal Highness the Wasipewura for their warm reception and fatherly guidance, and particularly for their disposition to resolve this issue amicably and through due process.
16. We also wish to thank our Honourable Regional Minsters for the Savannah and Northern Regions, as well as the security services for their prompt intervention and continues efforts towards maintaining peace and order in the communities.
We thank all of you.




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