The minister-designate for chieftaincy and religious affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng has expressed his condolences to the chiefs and people of the Gonja Kingdom on the loss of the king and overlord of the Gonja traditional area, Yagbonwura Professor Tuntunba Bor-esa l.
The king passed on at the Jakpa palace in Damongo in the early hours of Sunday 5 February 2023 after a short illness.
In a statement on Thursday (23 February), the minister-designate assured the people of Gonja of continuous development if approved as minister.
“I assure you of my full commitment to the continuous development of Gonja land and the entire Savannah Region when approved as the minister for chieftaincy and religious affairs.
“My deepest sympathies to the family of the late Yagbonwura and the chiefs and people of the Gonja traditional area. May Almighty Allah bless his soul and grant him a peaceful rest,” he said.
Below is the full statement:
The Minister- Designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng has expressed his condolences to the Chiefs and people of the Gonja Kingdom on the loss of the King and Overlord of the Gonja Traditional Area, Yagbonwura Professor Tuntunba Boresa l.
On behalf of the H. E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and on my own behalf as Minister designate for the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and the people of Ghana, we commiserate with the entire Kingdom of Gonja on the death of their King, whose demise occurred on Saturday, 5th February 2023. Indeed, the state has lost a great leader and a warrior and an illustrious statesman.
As President of the Gonja Traditional Council and the Regional House of Chiefs in the Savannah Region, Yagbonwura Professor Tuntunba Boresa I ensured the overall development of the region and actively participated in partnership with Government to address issues pertinent to the region. His passing is therefore a big loss to all of us.
The period of Yagbonwura’s reign, saw peace, development and progress of his people. He was part of the three eminent Chiefs who mediated on the Dagbon Chieftaincy conflict for 16 years and is credited with the peace and security enjoyed by the people of the Gonja land.
Yagbonwura Professor Tuntunba Boresa I was also instrumental in the creation of the Savannah Region, contributing in no small way to the realisation of the agenda of Government to bring development to the doorsteps of the people.
The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs will continue to render its unwavering support to the Chief of Sonyo, who per custom will move in to the Jakpa Palace at Damongo and act as Head of State and President of the Traditional Area, pending the enskinment of a new Overlord.
I assure you of my full commitment to the continuous development of Gonja land and the entire Savannah Region when approved as the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
My deepest sympathies to the family of the Late Yagbonwura and the chiefs and people of the Gonja Traditional Area. May Almighty Allah bless his soul and grant him a peaceful rest.
The late King was enskinned as Yagbonwura in March 2010.
Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra
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