๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ก ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—š๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐— ๐—œ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—ฆ โ€œ๐—ก๐—ข ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ก ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ฌ, ๐—œ๐—ก๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—œ๐— ๐—œ๐—ก๐—”๐—ง๐—˜, ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—จ๐—ก๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐—˜๐—— ๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—ง ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—™๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—œ๐—ก ๐——๐—”๐—š๐—•๐—ข๐—กโ€

The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, has called on the Chiefs and people of Dagbon to abide by the directives of the Overlord of Dagbon, Ndan Ya-Na Abukari II, on the open display, indiscriminate, and unwarranted use of assault rifles in Dagbon.

He made this call during an emergency meeting of the Dagbon traditional council on November 5, 2022, to discuss how to combat the menace of illicit weapons.

The meeting, among other things, seeks to save the good image of the Dagbon kingdom, which is gradually being threatened through the proliferation, misuse, and abuse of small arms and light weapons by the youth during traditional festivals, funerals, etc.

Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Shaibu emphasized that conflicts in West Africa and the Sahel regions have escalated in recent years due to the uncontrolled proliferation of small-arms that are illegally found in the hands of the youth.

He, therefore, appealed to all stakeholders to make illegal sales and the trafficking of small arms and light weapons to the citizens in the region unattractive.

“As a Council, it is about time we played advocacy roles in educating the youth and the general public about the dangers of illegally acquiring arms that have the potential of disturbing peace and stability in the region in particular and Ghana as a whole,” he stated.

His Royal Majesty, Ndan Ya-Na Abukari II, in his address, directed all chiefs and the youth in Dagbon to henceforth stop the display and use of assault rifles in funerals, events, and ceremonies.

He expressed worries about the lawless misconduct of firing assault rifles during this year’s Damba festival, a celebration of immense significance to showcase Dagbonโ€™s rich cultural heritage.

He noted with sadness that most of the youths carrying the weapons are usually part of the entourage of some chiefs.

He called on all paramount chiefs and divisional chiefs to respectfully work with their elders and all relevant stakeholders within their traditional areas to immediately stop the use of assault rifles and ammunition at all funerals, events, and ceremonies.

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