Dagbon’s Overlord, Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II, has given the Republic’s Leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the title ‘ Dagbon Malti-Naa Abudani I.’
The meeting, which took place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at this year’s Damba Festival in Yendi, the first time the festival has been celebrated in more than thirty (30) years, acknowledges the role played by President Akufo-Addo in giving Dagbon last peace.
The Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II claimed in his remarks that he took over Dagbon’s leadership at a time when the difficulties seemed immense and unbeatable.
“However, I take solace in the fact that with a united Dagbon, and a supportive government, we will overcome those challenges and chart a new path of peace and development,” he said.
The Yaa-Na added, “Thanks to the persistent efforts of your government to help us overcome our succession crisis, we have just emerged from a crisis that started nearly seven decades ago. I would like to show the Dagb leaders and people’s gratitude?? To Your Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the great role you and your government have played in getting us where we are today. “Thanking Yaa-Naa for” the generous gesture and honour, “the President told the gathering that, so far, he was pleased with his self-conferred name of Prince Abudani.
Nevertheless, this name was made official and extended to’ Dagbon Malti Naa Abudani I’ by Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II.
“Thank you very much, Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II, Overlord of Dagbon, and I promise you that I will do my best to live up to the title,” President Akufo-Addo added.
It will be recalled that in November 2018, the Committee of Eminent Chiefs presented the final report of the Road Map for bringing an end to the Dagbon crisis, which culminated, in January this year, in the enskinment of Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II, bringing an end to the 17-year-old crisis.
At the enskinment ceremony of Yaa-Na Abukari Mahama, on 25th January, 2019, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am neither Abudu nor Andani, I am ‘Abudani’, a person who stands for unity, reconciliation and progress in Dagbon.”