The Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed has sent a strong warning to chiefs in the Bole District of the Northern Region that the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) will not allow any group of people or some individuals to jeopardize the peace of the Gonjaland.
A joint military and police team has been stationed in the Bole District to maintain peace and order.
Reports indicate that there is a tension growing between supporters of two rival chiefs of Mandari, a community within the traditional area where a successor will be chosen for the Bole skin.
This was as a result of the Yagbonwura’s refusal to accept Abdulai Issahaku Kant appointed by the Bolewura as chief of Mandari while he also appointed Abubakari Abutu as the chief of Mandari.
The Judicial Committee of the Regional House of Chiefs which took over the matter is yet to make a ruling.
According to the Minister, security personnel are monitoring and tracking every activity of the inhabitants of the area to ensure peace in the community.
He described the late Bolewura Chief Awuladesi Pontuprum II as a peace loving man who in his own right stood for and represented development and progress for his kingdom and the nation at large.
He pleaded that the people of Bole and the Gonja traditional area to allow the succession to be done peacefully.
‘I would like to use the opportunity to ask for a lasting peace in the Gonjaland between the royal gates’.
A high powered government delegation led by the Northern Regional Minister was in Bole to mourn the death of the late Bolewura Chief Awuladesi Pontuprum II who passed away a fortnight ago.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the spokesperson for the Gonjaland Youth Association, Mahama Haruna appealed to residents of Bole and its surroundings to remain calm for the matter to be resolved amicably.
He disclosed that the controversy surrounding the late Bolewura’s successor is being handled by the Judicial Committee of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs so the residents should exercise restraint while a decision is reached.
‘The Gonjaland Youth Association is currently using various media to preach peace to the people of Bole to ensure that the process of choosing a successor will go on smoothly’.