The Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II, has conferred the title ‘Dagbon Malti-Naa Abudani I’ on the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The conferment, which took place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the celebration of this year’s Damba Festival, in Yendi, the first time the festival is being celebrated in over thirty (30) years, is in recognition of the role President Akufo-Addo has played in bringing last peace to Dagbon.
In his remarks, the Yaa-Na MahamaAbukari II stated he took over the leadership of Dagbon at a time when the challenges appeared vast and insurmountable.
Thanking the Yaa-Naa for “the gracious gesture and honour”, the President told the gathering that, up till now, he had been satisfied with his self-conferred title of Prince Abudani.
This title, was, however, made official and expanded by Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II, to ‘Dagbon Malti Naa Abudani I’.
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 January 25, 2019, President Akufo-Addo stated that he is neither an Abudu nor an Andani, saying he is ‘Abudani’, a person who stands for unity, reconciliation and progress in Dagbon.”