MP for Sagnarigu urges calm at Yilonaayiri and Kulmanga

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Alhaji A.B.A. FuseiniThe NDC MP for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has called on the people of Yilonaayiri and Kulmanga in the Sagnarigu District of the Northern Region to smoke the peace pipe and avoid the reoccurrence of the recent conflict that claimed one life.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, a long standing dispute over a parcel of land between the fraternal people of Yilonaayiri and Kulmanga brothers and sisters both living together on a geographically contiguous territory degenerated into a full blown conflict.

In the ensuring confrontation, one person lost his life and several others sustained  injuries.

It took the timely intervention of the security forces to separate the warring factions and to restore peace and order to the area.

In a statement on the floor of Parliament Friday, Alhaji Fuseini said government's attention had been focused on tackling the twin evil of poverty and underdevelopment which he acknowledged was common to the warring factions.

He, therefore, called on the two factions to direct all their energies and attention towards the elimination of poverty and underdevelopment instead of fighting among themselves.

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Alhaji Fuseini stated that underdevelopment was a matter of great regret and concern to the majority of the peace loving people of the Sagnarigu.

 "I wish as a Member of Parliament for the area to call on my brothers and sisters to exercise maximum restrain and to refrain from any action that has the potential to breach the peace of the area so that efforts already underway to find an amicable solution to the problem would succeed".

Alhaji Fuseini said it was heartwarming that already the chiefs, opinion, religious and other social leaders were partnering him to calm down nerves in order to find lasting solution to the problem.

He commended the security forces for the swift response which helped to save lives and property and urged them to continue to work with members of the community and other stakeholders to protect lives and property in the area.

Alhaji Fuseini reminded the warring factions of Dagomba of a proverb which  says that "when brothers and sisters fight over land and crops, it is strangers who take over their lands and reap their harvest".

He, therefore, urged them to come together to confront their common problems of poverty and underdevelopment instead of engaging in such conflicts.

Contributing to the statement, the Minority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said no matter where they occurred, conflicts did not provide the conducive atmosphere for development.

While appealing to the people to avoid such conflicts, he urged the security services to be proactive in order to nib such conflicts in the bud.

The Majority Leader, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, said the statement was timely since over the years, lives and property had been lost through such conflicts.

He advised the people not to allow their disagreements to degenerate into violence and urged the security agencies to work hard to sustain the peace in the area after the conflict.

Story by Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah