Following the installation of a new Regent of Dagbon, the Andani Royal family has accused the Asantehene-led mediation committee of having created “a recipe for chaos”.
At a press conference addressed by Kpan Naa Abubakari Andani, the family suggested that certain cultural considerations had been taken for granted.
Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV was installed under the skin name Bolin Lana and will be the acting overlord of Dagbon until December 28 when the funeral late overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahamud Abdulai IV ends.
They Andani Royal Family contends that the mediation committee has “missed the point and the entire programme is destined to crumble like a bus hit by a sledgehammer.”
The performance of the final funeral rites of the late overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahamud Abdulai IV, began on Thursday evening at the Old Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.
This is to be followed by funeral rites of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II from 4th to 19th January 2019.
The Andani family noted that performing the funeral rites will eventually mean the enskinment of two regents when there cannot be two regents of the same kingdom.
“As I speak now, the so-called regent, newly-installed yesterday, has installed a person to Pigu as a chief and we want the media to report that we are also going to install a Pigu chief.”
“By not spelling out clearly in writing the conditions of the enskinment of an eventual regent and the statues of such a regent, the Asantehene and his committee are preparing the grounds for a crisis far more complex and dangerous than the one they have been fumbling with for the past 16 years.”
Criticism of Asantehene
The family also continued its criticism of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II describing him as patronizing, while adding that his leadership of the committee was inconsistent.
They had earlier said the Asantehene was biased in the mediation process.
“We particularly take strong exception to the Asantehene describing Dagombas as his children… we wish to state that Dagbon is not junior to Asante,” Abubakari Andani stated.
The family further said impostors represented the Andanis at the presidency when the roadmap was agreed upon.
The Andanis were represented by Vo-Naa Alhaji M. B Bawah, Warvi-Naa Andani Mahama, Lamashegu Naa, Alhaji Ziblim Abdulai, Zangbaling Regent, Yakubu Mahama, Tibung Regent, Abdulai Abukari, Gbermanda, Mahama Yakubu and Saha-Naa Abdul Latif Abubakari.
“Those individuals that the Asantehene paraded at the [Jubilee House] as representatives of the Andani Royal Family have never been authorized by the Andani Royal Family to represent the family in any capacity whatsoever.”
“By refusing to deal with individuals who lack legitimacy in matters of such critical importance, the Asantehene and the committee of eminent chiefs have demonstrated clearly that their agenda is not an honourable one.”