The Five (5) member committee of eminent Gonja Chiefs put together by the President of the Gonja Traditional Council, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa (I) to resolve all Chieftaincy disputes in the Gonja Kingdom have settled on Chief Adamu Bakari Kanyiti as Sonyonwura.
The Committee under the Chairmanship of Buipewura Abudulai Jinapor (I) announced the outcome of the committee’s deliberation on the Sonyo Chieftaincy controversy at Damongo today Saturday 6th July, 2019 in a meeting attended by the two factions involved in the dispute and covered by Bole based Nkilgi Fm.
Speaking at the meeting, Buipewura Jinapor said the committee first met on 27th May 2019 to resolve the issue and that Chief Saaka Biawurbi agreed for Chief Adamu Bakari Kanyiti to be the Sonyonwura.
He said because of the absence of Chief Adamu Bakari Kanyiti in the meeting on that day, a new date (6th July, 2019) was set to finalise the issue.
Even though Chief Saaka Biawurbi was absent during the meeting today Saturday due to ill health, but he was duely represented .
Buipewura Jinapor however cautioned the confirmed Sonyonwura to comport himself and bring everybody onboard to help develop Sonyo.
Buipewura cited the situation of his own jurisdiction of Buipe going through some Chieftaincy turmoil adding that today Buipe is peaceful with all factions united.
Buipeuwra Jinapor said the title Sonyonwura given to Adamu today is as a result God’s intervention since the entire Gonja Kingdom including the Overlord never recognised him as Sonyonwura sometime back.
He therefore urged Chief Adamu Bakari Kanyiti to becareful of what people says since that can affect his reign as Sonyonwura.
He told him to as a matter of urgency move to the Chief Imam of Larabanga to seek his blessings and also organise a special prayer for him and come to the Yagbonwura’s palace with the other gate to seek his blessings as well.
The confirmed Sonyonwura has however been directed to enskin Mma Nene of the Takalpe gate as the Queen mother of Sonyo. The committee has also given the Kunkunipe Chief title to Chief Saaka Biawurbi after speaking to him earlier which he agreed to become the Kukunipewura and the next Sonyonwura if God favours him.
The committee told the comnfirmed Sonyonwura not to celebrate in any form since there is no loser or winner in the outcome of the Sonyo issue.
Buipewura told the Sonyowura that the progress and retrogression of Sonyon now rest on his shoulders.
Buipewura Jinapor gave a strong warning to those people he refferd to us hypocrites to trend very cautiously since they after dropping out of schools claims they know better than any other person on the land.
He therefore invoked a powerful god at Sonyo called Sonyo Kipo to be on anybody who sits somewhere to alleged that the committee was bribed to arrive at the decision of giving the title Sonyonwura to Chief Adamu Bakari Kanyiti. He said Sonyo Kipo will deal with anybody who makes that allegation.
The five member committee comprise of the Buipewura as the President, Kpembewura, Tulwewura, Kusawguwura and Kongwura who was absent at the sitting because he is bereaved.
The entire Gonja Kingdom has however been assured by the President of the Committee that they will do all the can to resolve the various issues of chieftaincy.
Speaking to Nkilgi Fm, Sonyonwura Adamu Bakari Kanyiti was full of praise for the good work done by the committee and assured them that he will go by all that he was advised to do by the committee and urged gonjaland to support the work of the committee for Peace to prevail in Gonjaland.
Many have commended the committee of five Eminent Chiefs as Mediation Commitee members which has been given a mandat at a meeting at Kpembe on 13th April, 2019 to resolve all matters affecting Chieftaincy in Gonjaland.
Even though some factions of the Damongo and Bole Chieftaincy controversy earlier declined invitations from the Committee of Eminent Chiefs of Gonjaland, the committee has moved ahead to meet the Sonyo Chieftaincy factions which was concluded today.
The Sonyo Chieftaincy controversy started after the late Sonyowura Serichi Seidu Kipo who was deskined in 2012 after some witchcraft and moral issues.
The Sonyonwura becomes the regent upon the demise of a Yagbonwura and for that matter stays at Yagbonwuras Palace to act as the Yagbonwura and to preside over the funeral rites of a demised Yagbonwura. Sonyowura is the Traditionally the Vice- President of the Gonja Traditional Council.
The Sonyowura sits on the immediate right hand side of the Yagbonwura at all Gonja state gatherings meaning he is next to the Yagbonwura.
The Sonyowura occupies a very important position in the Gonja State and also plays the most important and crucial role with regards to the transition and succession of a Yagbonwura.
The Sonyowura, according to custom, becomes the Acting Head of State of the Gonja Kingdom on the death of a Yagbonwura and he administers the affairs of the Gonja State until a new Yagbonwura is selected. The Sonyowura can never ascend the Yagbon Skin.
Source: Nkilgi 103.7Fm, Bole (Savannah Region )