"Otumfuo Committee Is A ‘Toothless Bulldog’

The Dagbon Students Association (DASA) has called for the immediate withdrawal of representatives of the Abudus and Andanis meeting with the Otumfuo Committee of Eminent Chiefs over the Dagbon chieftaincy conflict. The former President John Agyekum Kufuor set up the Asantehene-led Committee of Eminent Chiefs to handle the traditional aspect of the protracted Dagbon chieftaincy crisis. Since its establishment, the committee has witnessed series of boycotts from both the Abudu and Andani Gates. Describing the Otumfuo Mediation Committee as a “toothless bulldog” the president of DASA, Jagbo Baako, at a news conference in Tamale claimed that the Otumfuo committee had failed to achieve its objective, hence the need to abandon it and use internal mechanisms to resolve the crisis among Dagombas. “We think if they are able to come home and bring the issues back home they will be able to resolve it,” Baako suggested. "Throughout our research we have not come across anywhere in our tradition that if Dagbon has a problem it should be Asantehene that should be addressed. ” “If our chiefs have forgotten of our tradition we are only reminding them,” he said. Baako also appealed to the media to blacklist spokespersons for the Abudu and Andani royals, who have been at each other’s throat since the death of the overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II in March 2002. “We are also calling the media to blacklist the so called spokespersons because we think they are doing a great disservice to Dagbon. The more they talk about Dagbon on air the more they distort a lot of things in Dagbon. ”