Former president J.J. Rawlings has admonished the people of Dagbon in the Northern region to dedicate themselves to peace and development.
The former president noted that the time to build the area is now hence the need for the people to commit themselves to that process despite the many years of conflicts.
He made the remarks in his message at the coronation ceremony of the new Yaa-Naa Abubakari Mahama as the new King of Dagbon I.
“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.
Mr Rawlings further indicated that , 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 congratulated President Akufo-Addo over his role in bringing finality to the many years of conflicts in the area.
“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.