The King of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Abukari II has praised the military might of Dagbon in any warfare, saying that the ancient kingdom has never lost any war since its creation.
However, the king said despite the military might of Dagbon, he is not ready for any blood spill in the kingdom because it will throw the Northern Region back to several decades of suffering and under-development.
“Dagbon is a very strong kingdom since its creation in the 12th century and has never lost a battle. However strong and well prepared each side is, nobody, not the Dagombas nor the Konkombas can truly win the war. We will all end up losing more than we bargained for and throw the region back several decades into suffering and under-development.” Yaa Naa Abukari II told Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul at the Gbewaa Palace on Tuesday, November 9.
His comments come following weeks of tensions between Dagombas and Konkombas over alleged plans by the Konkomba community to attack the Dagbon Kingdom.
In a series of audio recordings from persons believed to be either Konkombas or Dagombas, it is claim that the Konkombas are planning to launch an attack on the capital of the Dagbon State, Yendi to take over the town and breakaway from Dagbon.
Speaking when the Defence Minister who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbilla and other MP from both the Majority and Minority side of Parliament paid a courtesy call on him at the Gbewaa Palace, the revered king said “Therefore, your visit could not have come at a more opportune time than now. I am sure you are all aware of the media contents that are making the rounds in the past several weeks warning of an imminent war between Dagomba and Kokombas”.
“The media content accuses the Dagombas of having stolen kokombas land and they want to take it from us by force. Some even claim that they can take over Dagbon when the security forces give them two weeks of uninterrupted fight” he added.
Yaa Naa Abukari II urged citizens of Dagbon to continue to live in peace and harmony, asking that affect the war, where would they drive the vanquished to?
“As brothers, we would continue to live together with or without the war. But after winning the war where do we drive the vanquished to? Which region are we sending them? How are we going to resurrect those that were unknowingly killed in the battlegrounds? Who is going to take care of the widows and the newly orphaned?” he queried.
The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul hasassuredthe King of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Abukari II that the country’s security forces will deal with any individual or persons who attempt to cause any trouble in Dagbon in particular and the Northern Region at large.
The minister also assured the king of the security and peace of the Dagbon State.