Asantehene intervenes in Bawku conflict

Otumfuo Osei Tutu says that inhabitants of the border town could be exposed to various security threats, including incursions into Bawku by extremists from Burkina Faso

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is engaging stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the prolonged ethnic conflict in the Upper East regional town of Bawku.

He said inhabitants of the border town could be exposed to various security threats, including incursions by extremists based in Ghana’s northern neighbour, Burkina Faso.

“I have had meetings with the National Security Minister to see how best I can be of help,” the Asantehene said during a visit by the US ambassador to Ghana at Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

“I will speak to the paramount chief of the Mamprugu people and the Bawku Naba to find a way to resolve this. I feel that what is happening in Burkina Faso is porous, and if we are not careful, the porosity of the border will come back to Ghana.

“We do not have the ability to check what is happening. That is why I’m asking the National Security Minister to give proper intelligence training to control the borders with all the terrorist attacks threats,” the Asantehene said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has appealed to the overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area and president of the North-East Regional House of Chiefs, Naa Bohagu Mahami Sheriga, to help restore lasting peace in Bawku.

He said the persistent violence and killings in the Kusaug traditional area are unacceptable and must end.

The president was speaking in Nalerigu during his tour of the North-East Region.

“[Naa] Mahami was very instrumental among the three eminent chiefs in bringing us to have peace in Dagbon, and I know he is also going to be instrumental in making sure that we get peace in Bawku,” the president said.

Recent tensions in Bawku have led to many people being wounded and some losing their lives.

Jonathan Ofori

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