Former President Jerry John Rawlings has charged the people of Dagbon in the Northern Region to dedicate themselves to peace and development, mindful of the complexity of their history.
He said it is time to build the Dagbon kingdom as too many years have been wasted in a state of suspended conflict due to the lack of justice.
In a message on the occasion of the outdooring of Ya Na Abubakari Mahama as the new King of Dagbon, the former President congratulated the King and people of Dagbon for this historic achievement.
“The people of Dagbon have gone through a difficult and painful period since 2002 and it is a sign of great maturity, tact and patience that the process of the burial ceremonies of the Yaa Naa and the investiture of the new Overlord have progressed in relative peace.
“I also commend the committee of eminent chiefs namely the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa I and Nayiri, Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga for their painstaking efforts in bringing about his welcome development.
According to former president Rawlings, peace will be perpetuated in Dagbon if the traditional leaders and people of Dagbon commit to the fact that they are brothers and agree to live in an atmosphere of justice, peace and harmony.
He commended President Akufo-Addo for his dedication to the work of the eminent chiefs and all who in diverse ways worked towards today’s climactic event.
“I pray the government and the security agencies will continue to work in tandem with the new Overlord and the people of Dagbon to ensure and maintain lasting peace and security.
“I wish Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama many years of wise and strong leadership and pray that peace and justice will prevail in Dagbon,” he added.