One of the four people who contested of the Dagbon overlord, Bolin Lana, Muhamadu Abdulai of the Abudu Royal Family, has congratulated Naa Alhaji Abukari Mahama Yaa Naa-elect on his selection by the kingmakers.
In a statement, Bolin -Naa declared his support for the new Ya-Naa, and indicated that he has sent a delegation to duly congratulate him.
He further asked for wisdom for Ya-Naa Abukari Mahama to lead and unite Dagbon.
Read the full statement below:
On my own behalf and on behalf of the Royal Abudu Family of Dagbon, I wish to congratulate my grandfather, Naa Alhaji Abukari Mahama following his selection by the kingmakers of Dagbon as the new Ya Naa.
I wish to indicate my unflinching support and loyalty to the new Ya-Naa and to assure him that, so long as he leads us, when he looks back, he will see me.
In accordance with the best traditions of Dagbon, I have already sent a high powered delegation from the Abudu Royal family led by the Regent of Tolon, Major Sulemana Abukari, Regent of Diare and Mba Dugu Iddrisu Iddi to formally congratulate the new Ya Naa.
It is our prayer that the Almighty Allah will grant him the wisdom to lead and unite Dagbon as we enter into a new dawn of reconciliation, friendship, brotherliness and unity.
Long live Dagbon!
Long live Ghana!
Naa Mahama, who is about 70 years old, has since been offered cola nuts and pieces of straw as symbol of triumph and authority as the incoming Overlord of Dagbon.
Naa Mahama, who, until his selection was the head of the Andani family, succeeds his late nephew, Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II who died in March 2002 in Yendi.
His nomination is in line with the customs and traditions in respect of succession to the kingship of Dagbon.