My funeral comments was a wish not announcement-Minister backtrack
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna has dismissed media reports that he has announced the funeral rites of the late King of Dagbon Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani in November this year.
The minister explained that his comments at the celebration of Eidul Fitr, the regional house of chiefs and the Ramadan dinner gathering with Muslim clerics were his wish that by the end of November the funeral rites are performed.
He stated that he has never announced anywhere in any part of the country and that he has good working relationship with the children of the late King of Dagbon and the Andani family.
Responding to the statement issued by the family of the King of Dagbon demanding apology from him, the minister said in all the three occasions, his comments were his wish but not announcing the government’s time table on funeral rites of the King of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II.
He stressed that his comments were the wish and appeal of government to the Imams in northern region to support government with prayers so that the funeral is done by November.
Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna told journalists at a news conference that, he respects the traditions and customs of Dagbon and that he is not the right person to announce the funeral rite of the late King, Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani. ’’As a northerner, funerals are meant for the families’’ Alhaji Limuna emphasized.
But speaking to Zaa News, a son of the late King Abudulai Yakubu Andani insisted that the minister render unqualified apology to the Adnani family, the Kuga Naa and the Yogu Kpamba. He also dismissed the minister claims that he has a good working relationship with the children and the Andani family.
The minister also challenged any media house prove that he made a definite statement on government readiness to perform the Ya-Naas funeral.
Zaa News is however in possession of a tape in Dagbani indicates that he was emphatic on the November date.