‘’I turned down Northern Regional Minister position ’-Boniface reveals


The successful investiture of the overlord of Dagbon,Yaa-NaaAbukari Mahama II by president Akufo-Addo, has ruffled the feathers of the  former Northern Regional Minister in 2005, Abubakar Saddique Boniface to tell the world the developments that led to ensuring peace at Dagbon in the Yendi municipality of the Northern Region.

According to him; he rejected the position to be NorthernRegional Minister by the then President John Agyekum Kufuor, when it was announced, because of the Dagbon crisis.

He exclaimed ‘’even though I was a son of the North, I felt threatened by the Dagbon crisis when my name was mentioned’’

‘’I was the last person to be made Minister in the then Kufuor’s administration after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won a second term in office’’ he said.

In spite of these some prominent people from the North, prevailed on me not to accept the position he stressed.

He said in view of this; he rejected the post, because he felt he was a young and had then won an election as a Member of Parliament on the ticket of the NPP for the Salaga Constituency also in the Northern Region after serving in two capacities as a Deputy for Trade and Tourism respectively.

‘’As a young man then, I felt the problems of Dagbon was enormous but ex-president Kufuor stood his ground and said he was challenging me to bring peace to Dagbon after the unfortunate incident that saw Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II murdered in a war-like situation in Yendi.

What happened in Dagbon was unfortunate and it never should have happened because it was a family feud between two family peopleAbudu and Andani,’’ he narrated.

The now Member of Parliament for Madina Constituency in the Greater Accra Region and Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President made this disclosure when he engaged a media organization to produce a documentary on the happenings that led to ensuring lasting peace to Dagbon in Accra.

As Regional Minister in the heat of the Dagbon crisis, I was going to Yendi area three or four times before daybreak with my confidant, who was then the regional director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

I remember entering the Yendi municipality without the knowledge of the members of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) all in an attempt to pick intelligence for the maintenance of peace’’ he stressed.

He added during of the crisis almost every renowned personality in the Yendi municipality has his or her house guarded by either the military or the police, this he said indicated the state of insecurity in the area.

As the head of security in the region, I took the decision to withdraw all the securities at the post of the renowned individuals; at first, they felt so threatened but REGSEC started constant patrols that restored their confidence.

And in less than three weeks’ time, the peace-keepers were also withdrawn to their base for people to feel free and go about their business in the area, he explained.

According to him, this opened up the area and people went about their duties without any hindrance whatsoever in Yendi.

He revealed how he was going to night clubs in Polo shirt to speak with the youth on how important it was to maintain for the economic development of the area.

He took the opportunity to commend the late COP Brakatu and the members of REGSEC for the sterling roles they played as the head of security as well as the then Regional BNI director.

‘’These were men who worked for the peace the Yendi municipality is enjoying today he told the reporters who were busy scribbling.

He claimed that one of the hurdles of bringing peace among the two gates was moving them to Kumasi to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) steered by his eminence Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, the late Yagbonwura Bawa Doshie and Nariri.

‘’If it was not the support of these eminent men who directed my administration coupled with their wise counsels, we will not be where we are today, adding that the eminent chiefs deserve commendations, he minces no words to say.

Because of the counsels from the eminent chiefs, both Abudu and Adani family members saw me as a ‘’pragmatist’’ inresolving the crisis and ensuring peace to Dagbon he said.

He recalled that as part of the MoU, the eminent chiefs directed that all outstanding burials of sub-chiefs be cleared for the onward burial of the late Yaa-NaaYabuku Andani II.

So, preparations were quickly made for the burial of Gushenaa B.A. Yakubu, a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to pave way for the burial of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu II leading to the installation of a regent (Kampakuanaa).

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