The Kusaug Peoples Congress (KPC) has indicated that the government’s effort to resolve the ongoing conflicts in Bawku is long overdue, which has resulted in the enskinment of a new Bawku Naba.
Kusaug Peoples Congress (KPC), an apolitical, non-partisan, and non-religious association for the people of Kusaug, has also described the enskinment of a new chief for Bawku as an act of extreme provocation and an escalation of the already bloody situation in Bawku.
In the early hours of Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the king of the Mamprugu Traditional area Naa Bohugu Mahami Abdulai Sherigah II enskinned a new Bawku Naba Alhaji Seidu Abagre in the Nayiri palace in Nalerigu.
This act has however been condemned by government and therefore instructed security agencies to arrest anyone posing as the new Bawku Naba.
The KPC in a statement released on Thursday, February 16, 2023, also condemned the act and indicates that the enskinment is complete defiance of the office of the President, the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
“We equally view the action of the Nayiri as a provocation of all Kusaas, a brazen infringement of the sovereignty of Kusaug, a display of utter contempt of an existing ruling by the Supreme Court of the land, a total defiance to the Office of the President of the Republic, and as calling the bluff of the security apparatus of the nation”, the statement stated.
The statement further added that the Nayiri is telling the whole nation that he is above all the laws of Ghana and that his office as a tribal chief is not governed by the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
According to the statement, the Kusaug Peoples Congress (KPC), is however of the view that government’s efforts to settle the disputes are long overdue and call on the President to see to the resolution of the conflicts in Bawku.
“Government functionaries in both the Upper East and North East Regions cannot claim to have not heard about these rumours. If the security and intelligence community wants the nation to believe that they never picked up any intelligence about the enskinment, then Ghana is in serious trouble. We believe such a failure of intelligence is not only an indictment on the intelligence community of Ghana, but it gives rise to suspicion of official collusion and complicity at some level. Under the circumstances and with all the information we have gathered, we have come to the firm conclusion that the Government of His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia have not been honest brokers in handling the Bawku conflict, especially in enforcing the rule of law”.
it further states that “Obviously, all the public pronouncements by the President and his ministers have all been that mere pronouncements! Equally troubling is the silence of the Vice President on the Bawku crises.
The people of Kusaug have heard enough official pronouncements. The time for action by the Government in enforcing the law is long overdue and that time is NOW! We will not rest with yet another statement at the cost of more lives, destruction of property and waste of tax-payers monies”.