STOP ARMING NORTHERN YOUTH
- Dakpema tells politicians
The Chief of Tamale Dakpema Na Alhassan Dawuni, has appealed to politicians and the cronies in the south, who supply weapons of destruction to the youth of the northern region, to stop the practice for the development of the country.
He said if politicians stooped their selfish and negative attitudes towards their perceived political opponents and contributed their quota to ensure the development of the country, conflicts would be uprooted from the country.
The Dakpema made the appeal when the General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr. Bernard Mornah led a delegation of party members, to pay a courtesy call on him on Saturday.
The call was to brief the chief about the activities of the in the region and assure the people of Tamale that PNC members are peace-loving and that the members of other political parties should emulate their example to ensure the development of the region.
“In my ten months stay in this palace as a chief, I have observed that politicians living in Accra and other cities in the south are supplying the northern youth, who are jobless with weapons of destruction.
Many of these youth have voluntarily surrendered a number of weapons to me and confessed that they received them from politicians from Accra, which I have handed over to the Northern Regional Police Command,” he said.
Na Dawuni said the youth who had refused to surrender the weapons to the Police following an announcement by the Northern Regional Security Committee to surrender them for a price of GH¢300, but sent them to the palace demonstrated that chieftaincy institutions were still relevant in the country’s governance system.
“It would do the country a lot of good if you supply the youth with tools to help them generate income, instead of purchasing in weapons for them to kill their own brothers You may supply weapons of destruction to achieve your aim on earth, but don’t forget posterity will judge you individually,” he said.
He said politicians had managed to paint a gloomy picture of the entire northern sector, which is scaring investors, and appealed to the business communities that the north, especially the Northern Region was safe for business and the chief would help protect their investments.
He appealed to all peace loving Ghanaians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and corporate bodies to contribute to the Dakpema Education fund (DEF), whose aim is to help educate the youth to remain discipline in other that those who had been supplying weapons would not succeed again.
He warned that the palace would be compelled to expose those supplying weapons, if they did not desist from the practice, to ensure that Dagbon and the rest of the north was weapon, free, so that the people would continue to coexist in peace.
Mr. Mornah commended Na Dawuni for the initiative to retrieve weapons from the youth and gave assurance that a PNC-led government would, when given the mandate empower the chiefs with the necessary tools for mobility to enable them to them4o spread peace messages.
Daily Graphic Page: 16 Monday, November 9, 2009.