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.”

He said since the death of the late King, the region has registered a lot of conflicts and the inability of the people to handle it in an amicable way, saying that “their ancestors are restless and worried in their graves, turning and turning, and this has resulted in the challenges we record today”.

A press statement issued to the media cited that the ancestors and gods of the people of Dagbon are not happy with the way and manner they are handling the matter, stressing that most of the leaders have not followed the matter with the truth “We have self seekers among the people chosen to run the matter at hand and these people would not like the case to die if they know they are directly or indirectly benefiting from the case”.

He suggested that until the case is raised to the light of reasoning and handle in the light of truth and the fear of the Almighty Allah been applied, “Dagbon would witness several lots of death of their chiefs and opinion leaders which means the generations to come would not have the opportunity to know how their lineage looked like”.

Sheihu Rashid Salwat noted that the people are not approaching the death of the late overlord in the Islamic perspective and said that if the people of Dagbon actually understood the concept of how the late king died “they would attribute everything to the will of Allah, Almighty”.

He maintained that death is only of the will of Allah and the late King died because his time was up. He quizzed, “couldn’t the King do something about the ‘people’ who hated him as a King?” And said this confirms that his death could only be the will of God, because to me he was a powerful king who was capable of vanishing at the spot if and when attacked.

He attacked Dagombas inside and outside the region who do not want the case to fade off but continue to inflame passions and sponsor the activities of violence in the area, saying “at least we can use the opportunities given us by Allah to help others and transform the region, not finance conflicts” he said.

Sheihu Rashid Salwat recapitulated that Tamale was the paradise of the country in the early days of 1960s when almost everybody in the country wanted to visit the place during holidays.
SOURCE: The Ghanaian Observer, Monday, October, 5, 2009.
Reported by Yahaya Kelven Rashid – Tamale.

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