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Youth condemns Abudu family’s threats to occupy Gbewaa palace


Last week’s threats by the Abudu family to occupy the Gbewaa palace should things not go its way, have angered a youth group in Tamale.

The group, which calls itself Dagbon Youth, harshly condemned the threats by the Abudu Royal family to occupy the Gbewaa palace in Yendi if government fails to heed to their one week ultimatum.

The youth said even though they support plans to perform all funerals that will lead to the enskinmment of a substantive Ya-Naa, they disagree with the Abudu gate last week statement to the media describing it as a threat.

The Abudus at a news conference in Yendi gave the government and the Asantehene led eminent chiefs committee up to 25th January 2016 to renovate the Gbewaa palace for the two funerals, or they will advise ourselves.

The Abudus said in their earlier statement that they intend to explore all means necessary to gain access to the Gbewaa palace to perform Naa Mahamadu Abdulai’s funeral.

But the Dagbon Youth in a statement signed by its Acting Secretary, Inusah Mohammed, entreated elites from both sides to desist from engaging in a media war, adding that the government should not allow the interests of the Royals to override the interests of the masses.

The youth believes the solution to the long existing disputes lies in the hands of all the people in Dagbon, stressing that, the people of Dagbon must live with clean hearts and minds, forgive one another, and put a stop to the disgraceful acts that are always put across.

“Our future is at stake and we will look forward to support any individual or group that is interested in forward movement of the Dagbon kingdom,” the youth appealed.

They also express serious concerns about the over decades chieftaincy dispute saying will no longer remain silent on issues that have negative effects on their future.

They further appealed to chiefs in Dagbon not to follow the interests of the elite who are very often not affected directly in times of crisis.

Most of the elite, who should have know better, live and work outside Dagbon, a distance that shields their children’s education from the occasional disruption and violence that occur, the youth lamented.

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