Preparations for the funerals of the late Yaa Naas are far advanced. This is soothing news especially for those who have followed the twists and turns in this security debacle and almost given up hope that peace can be restored in this part of the country in our generation.
The funerals constitute the crux of the debacle and so getting them right and to the satisfaction of both sides is critical for the sustenance of peace and tranquility.
So much public funds have gone into keeping the peace in Dagbon and so all should be done by the state to ensure that normalcy is restored. Peace has for many years not been a feature of Dagbon and so technically, the two sides in the stalemate have been in a state of war decades.
As we cautioned earlier, there are a few Dagbanbas who profit from the insecurity which prevails in the flashpoint and these would explore ways of derailing the positive efforts. Now that the status quo is being replaced by handshakes and therefore peace, they are worried.
A few days ago, the voice of a chief was on social media screaming his disapproval about the developments so far. A lone voice like this should be muffled immediately.
Peace in Dagbon is about our national security and so the subject should be put on an appropriate footing. After all, the President has issued an Executive Order regarding the resolution of the long-standing impasse; the highest expression of seriousness with the issue. Any deviant whose utterances or actions or both seek to derail the roadmap to peace should be regarded as a criminal and dealt with accordingly.
Such deviants are using social media to sow seeds of discord so that their aversion for peace would overshadow virtue. They would not have their way because we are many and they are few.
No place, as we have continued to state, would see development when such parts of the country remain flashpoints and ready to explode.
This is the time intelligence gathering in this part of the country should be heightened because the bad elements would not rest on their oars in their bid to have their way.
Any voice of dissent at this time should not be encouraged because as we tread on the road towards the eventual performance of the funerals of the former Yaa Naas, the various players should remain focused.
The making of history as in the case of restoring peace, a virtue which has not been known for many years in Dagbon, is fraught with challenges such as observed in previous paragraphs. Those charged with the implementation of the roadmap should not be despaired because they would be berated in various forms – innuendos et all. Theirs is to accomplish a task which is within grasp.
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