Covid-19: Yaa-Naa bans Friday prayers and funerals in Dagbon Kingdom

The Overlord of Dagbon, His Royal Majesty, Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II in consultation with his council of elders and Chief Imams banned all public gatherings such as funerals performance and Friday prayers in the Dagbon traditional area with an immediate effect.

Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II

A statement issued by Secretary of the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi, Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed on Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 justified that the Yaa-Naa imposed the ban following the experience of South Korea where a religious congregational activity was key factor in the Asian country’s loss of control of the COVID-19 infection.

“Ndan-Ya- Na wants to use this occasion to appeal to all in the Northern Region and in Ghana as a whole to support the national process of controlling the COVID-19 infection rate. The responsibility of ensuring a controlled COVID-19 infection rate is the duty of all Ghanaians and people living in the country. While Social Media has lots of information, Ghanaians should seek information on COVID-19 from authorized and trusted sources only”. The Yaa-Naa adviced.

The Yaa-Naa also commended the President of the Republic, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for demonstrating leadership during these trying times of a global pandemic.

According to him, the strengthening of health communication and information systems and the contribution of the nation’s media, led by a strong political will, have all helped to realize the national objective of and informed population.

Read the full statement below

PRESS RELEASE FROM GBEWAA PALACE
MARCH 18, 2020

Dasiba Dagbamba, dasiba Ghanaians, dasiba Africans.

His Royal Majesty Ndan Ya Na Abukari II King of Dagbon Kingdom has noted with keen interest the response of the Government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to control the spread of COVID -19 Coronavirus infection. The prompt response, the proactive measures, and the surveillance systems put in place are all aimed at controlling infection rates. The evidence so far strongly suggests that the measures the Government has put in place are effectively contributing towards to the health and protection of the country.

On behalf of the Chiefs and People of Dagbon, Ndan-Ya-Na wishes to commend the President for demonstrating leadership during these trying times of a global pandemic. The strengthening of health communication and information systems and the contribution of the nation’s media, led by a strong political will, have all helped to realize the national objective of and informed population.

Ndan-Ya- Na wants to use this occasion to appeal to all in the Northern Region and in Ghana as a whole to support the national process of controlling the COVID-19 infection rate. The responsibility of ensuring a controlled COVID-19 infection rate is the duty of all Ghanaians and people living in the country. While Social Media has lots of information, Ghanaians should seek information on COVID-19 from authorized and trusted sources only.

His Majesty in consultation with the council of elders and Chiefs Imams has with immediate effect ban all public gathering, including Friday’s prayers and funeral performance in Dagbon traditional area.

The experience of South Korea where a religious congregational activity was key factor in the Asian country’s loss of control of the COVID-19 infection rates should be instructive to us. This is not the time to invoke Constitutional rights as we are not in normal times.

May God continue to bless our homeland Ghana and make is strong in these times of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you.

Sign:
Abdul Rahaman Mohammed
Secretary, Gbewaa Palace, Yendi

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