The Andani Royal Gate of Dagbon in the Northern Region has insisted it will not allow the final funeral rites of the late Ya-Na Mohammedu Abdulai IV to be performed at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.
“We shall under no circumstance allow the performance of funeral of Mahamadu Abdulai at the Gbewa Palace. To allow this to happen is to reward crime since the reason they forcibly removed Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II from the palace to pave way for the funeral of Mahamadu Abdulai”, spokesperson for the Andani Royal family, Basharu Dabali has said
Speaking at ceremony at the forecourt of the Gbewa Palace Friday to mark the 14th anniversary of the demise of their overlord, Ya Na Yakubu Andani, Dabali said allowing the funeral to be performed at the Palace would mean glorifying wrongdoing considering that Ya Na Abdulai was not a chief at the time of his death.
A Quran recitation led by the Imam of Yendi, Alhaji Alhassan Yussif, was performed for the soul of late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II.
The insistence of the Andani family to prevent the Abudu Royal Gate from performing the final funeral rite of the Ya-Na Mohammedu Abdulai is in breach of the peace roadmap by the Asantehene Committee of Eminent Chiefs.
Parties to the roadmap agreed for the funeral rites to be performed at the Palace by the Abudus but the Andanis have since refused to grant them access; something that caused the Abudus to boycott a meeting by the Committee recently.
Though the decision by the Andani Royal Gate not to allow the Abudu Royal Gate to perform the final funeral rite of the Former Ya-Na Mohammedu Abdulai IIII defies the road map to peace by the Asantehene Committee of Eminent Chiefs, Basharu Dabali insisted allowing his funeral to be performed at the palace will mean glorifying wrong doings.
By Zubaida Ismail|tv3network.com|Ghana