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As the good people of Dagbon and a pensive nation anxiously awaits the next move by the committee of Eminent Chiefs handling the traditional aspect of the Dagbon dispute, the Spiritual Leader and founder of the Salawatia Muslim Mission of Ghana, Sheihu Husain Rashid Salwat, has advised and called on the government to internalise the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute by allowing the people to solve the problem in their own way.

According to him, the committee chaired by the Asantehene, Otumfou Osei Tutu II, Nayiri and Yegbon Wura, has so far played a pivotal role in restoring peace to the long standing turmoil in Dagbon but however noted that it would do Dagbon a lot of good if the people are given the opportunity to solve the problem in a family way.

Sheihu Imam Rashid maintained that “Peace can only revisit Dagbon if the problem is solved. This can be achieved by allowing people of Dagbon do it themselves” and said “The people of Dagbon are capable of solving the problem and it is time the government and international bodies interested in the matter allowed them do so.”

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The sacred Leader and Founder of the Salawatia Muslim Mission of Ghana, Sheihu Husain Rashid Salwat, has attributed the sudden death of some Dagbon Chiefs and Opinion Leaders after death of the late overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, to the anger of their ancestors and the gods of the lands.

“This is unprecedented in the history of Dagbon to lose over 20 Chiefs within a short period of seven years” he said.

Since the death of the overlord of Dagbon and 40 of his subjects seven years ago, several communities and villages in Dagbon have lost their Chiefs and Opinion Leaders. Before the death of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II it was only two communities – Lamashegu and Gupkegu – under the Dagbon Traditional Areas that had no chiefs but had regents to act on their behalf awaiting the final funeral rites of their great fathers and chiefs.”

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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE GRACIOUS, THE MERCIFUL

Sheihu Salawatia was given a peace award for his outstanding contribution towards peace in Tamale and the Northern Region in general

SPEECH ON MAIDEN PEACE AWARD NIGHT

BY SHEIHU HUSAIN RASHID SALWAT

 Mr. Chairman, his Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, great chiefs of our nation, eminent religious leaders, hardworking awardees, ladies and gentlemen; I start this maiden peace award night by greeting you with the most prestigious greetings in Islam which is; “Asalamu alaikum waramatulaahi”, meaning, may the peace and blessings of God be upon you all.

I am highly honoured and very glad to be part of this august occasion, and I am most grateful to be given the opportunity to stand on behalf of my fellow recipients of this historic award and thank the organizers most sincerely, they are Diamond FM, Action Aid Ghana and Tumalana Outfit.

Ladies and gentlemen, join me to say a big thank you to the organizers of this important event; since they are re-echoing the call for peace and unity in our society.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen the Islamic concept of calling for peace and unity in a community is an all-inclusive one irrespective of one’s religious, tribal background or party affiliations. In fact Islam and all other religions teach us to be each other’s keeper. Being each other’s keeper, Mr. Chairman, is obviously a solid foundation for any progressive society and also a platform for peaceful co-existence between religious groups and tribes.

Mr. Chairman, gentlemen of the press, ladies and gentlemen, the launching of this laudable idea is timely and could not have come at a better time; we all need to sustain the current peace we are enjoying in the northern region. The recognition of peacemakers is a step in the right direction and I hope it would serve as a motivation for others.

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