is mounting in the Nanton Traditional Area of the Northern Region, as
some aggrieved sub and divisional chiefs demand the immediate removal of
a new chief of Nanton.
The aggrieved chiefs, backed by some youth, say Zoosal-Lana Haruna Sulemana is not the right occupant of the skin.
Forty-five out of 57 sub and divisional chiefs of Nanton at a news conference organised at Wovugu and addressed by Mr. Adam Dokurugu, Secretary of the Chiefs, appealed to President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to caution the Zoosal-Lana, who is a former Northern Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to vacate the skin for the rightful occupant, Nanton Naa Mahamudu V.
to the aggrieved Chiefs, since April this year, Zoosal-Lana Haruna
Sulemana, “with the backing of some political elements in government,
has been holding himself as the chief of Nanton against the approval and
authorisation of the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na, the appointing
indicated that in as much as they cherish the prevailing peace in
Dagbon and appreciate the efforts of President Akufo-Addo in restoring
the peace and unity of the area, they can no longer tolerate the
behaviour of the Zoosal-Lana, which is creating division, mistrust,
disunity and needless tension among the people.
write to you as father of our great nation Ghana, to appeal to you to
order the immediate removal and arrest of Zoosal-Lana Haruna Sulemana (
a.k.a Arumbees) from Nanton to pave way for the arrival of our chief
Nanton Naa Mahamadu V, to Nanton to assume duty as the legitimately
enskinned chief of the Nanton Traditional Area,” the chiefs’ petition to
President Akufo-Addo stated.
the petition, the chiefs said they believed in President Akufo-Addo’s
sincerity because of the bold and unprecedented steps he took in the
events leading up to the landmark funerals of Naa Mahamadu Abdulai and
Naa Yakubu II.
“Mr President, you demonstrated both in word and action your commitment to the Dagbon Peace Process. However, we regret to state that your commitment is not in tandem with the interest of some of your appointees. Majority of us believe you have good intention for us, but some of your political appointees consider their personal interest more superior to your vision for Dagbon,” the petition added.
petition further indicated: “Your Excellency, Zoosal-Lana is fast
burning your good name and that of your government because his
capabilities are well known, and he could not have conceptualized this
lawlessness and impunity had it not been that your government is in
office. Zoosal-Lana and his unelected supporters in sensitive government
offices are displaying their crass disrespect for your commitment to
Dagbon peace, the Ya-Na, and the traditions and customs of Dagbon.
Ya-Na has enskinned about 40 chiefs and sub-chiefs with over 100
unsuccessful contestants who did not get positions, yet no one raised a
finger at him, except a man who believes his credentials as former NPP
Northern Regional chairman, with a powerful sister in the presidency and
Hon Ambrose Dery, as an in-law, are there to help.”
Chiefs at the news conference also served a notice to the elements in
government supporting “the criminal behaviour of the Zoosal-Lana”, to
back off because it undermines the promise by the current government not
to interfere in the Dagbon chieftaincy matters.
engender peace in the entire Dagbon and avoid needless political
interference in chieftaincy, we expect government and national security
apparatus to expedite action in removing Zoosal-Lana from Nanton and
allow our legitimately enskinned Chief, Nanton Naa Mahamadu V to come
back home to assume his rightful traditional duties for peace and
development to blossom within our Traditional Area. This will give true
meaning to the president’s assured neutrality of his government in
Dagbon chieftaincy matters”.
Chiefs also appealed to President Akufo-Addo to order REGSEC to take
the necessary security measures to facilitate the removal of the
Zoosal-Lana from Nanton and the safe arrival of their legitimately
enskinned chief, Nanton Naa Mahamadu V.
said “the people of Nanton are living in fear with the Zoosal-Lana’s
thugs parading with assault weapons in the Nanton environs and mounting
unauthorised road barriers at the full glare of officialdom on daily
Claims by the aggrieved chiefs
April 1, this year, after the performance of late Nanton Naa Sulley’s
funeral, about 18 royal contenders assembled at the Gbewaa Palace to
express their interest in the Nanton Skin. After rigorous traditional
and customary screening and appraisal, Nanton Naa Mahamadu V was
selected by the Ya-Na as the new Nanton Naa.
Haruna Sulemana, quickly moved to Nanton township and organised some
thugs from certain external villages and communities from Nanton
Traditional Area to erect unlawful road barriers, burnt lorry tyres and
harassed unsuspecting road users, all in the name of Nanton people, who
are purportedly against the choice of the Ya-Na for the Nanton Skin.
from stating that the Nanton Skin is exclusively for members of the
Abudu Royal and that the youth of Nanton prefer him as their chief, the
Zoosal-Lana, in an audio and video recording, openly mentioned that he
built a storey building in Nanton, constructed a dam for Nanton and
supported some indigenes of Nanton to pay their school fees.
wish to remind the Zoosal-Lana that the above reasons do not qualify
anybody to a title of chieftain in Dagbon. It’s the Ya-Na who has the
sole authority through customary and traditional screening processes to
select chiefs for any part of Dagbon, or his authorised assignee could
do so on his behalf. More so, there is no single town or village in
Dagbon that is traditionally exclusive to one Gate of the Dagbon
divide,” the petition said.
“As we (45 divisional chiefs) are in the majority, we are not oblivious of our superior power and numbers to overcome these cowards parading as brave warriors in Nanton, but for our singular respect for the Dagbon Peace Process and the President of Ghana’s vow to support the Ya-Na to unite Dagbon as ABUDANI I, gave us hope that this situation will soon change, but that is not what we are experiencing”.