The Sarkin Zongo, Sultan Umar Farouk Saeed
The Sarkin Zongo of Kumasi, Sultan Umar Farouk Saeed, has called on Yorubas in Kumasi and the Ashanti Region as a whole, to put the recent chieftaincy dispute behind them and face the development challenges confronting the Zongo Community in peace and unity.
The Sarkin Zongo, who is the overlord of the Zongo Communities in Ashanti said the chieftaincy dispute seriously affected the cohesion in the Zongo Communities and he was thankful to Allah that the matter has now been settled.
He appealed to the two factions that contested the headship of the Yoruba community to bury the hatchet and allow peace to reign.
Sultan Farouk Saeed made these points during the second turbaning of some sub-chiefs of the Yoruba Community, including the new Chief Imam and the Queen and market leaders.
He commended the Kumasi Traditional Council (Manhyia) and the Kumasi Circuit Court for the wisdom they displayed to arrive at an amicable settlement.
In his remarks, the head of the Yoruba Community, Chief Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Alao III said he bore nobody any grudge and was ready to welcome back into the fold any body who found himself or herself on the other side of the dispute since “in unity lies strength.”
He however stressed that never again should be Yorubas allow the devil to create confusion in their midst.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Zongo District Police Commander, Supt. Nicholas Opare Ofosuhene, said he was impressed by the peaceful atmosphere and charged the factions in the chieftaincy dispute of forge ahead in unity since the court had settled the matter.
He reminded the gathering about the impending December elections and warned that anybody who tried to disturb the peace would face the full rigours of the law.
Among those who were turbaned were Kalipha Mustapha Tank (Chief Imam), Ustaz Trimisiy Ahmed, (Naibi), Abadul Rauf-Beki (Naibi Imam Chiki) and Shehu Lukman Imam Amasa (Naibi Naibi).
The others are Zakariyau Idiagbon (Aare Ona Kakanfo), Alhaji Bashir Bab Agba (Salama), Alhaja Sueba Subairu (Iyalode) Alhaja Falilatu Abdul Rauf (Otun Iyalode) and Alhaja Raliatu Gbadamosi (Alaafia Iyalode).
The rest are Alhaja Rali Amusa (Aare Iyalaje), Alhaja Wulematu Ismail (Otun Iyalaje), Alhaja Abake Usman Ladan (Alakoso), Alhaja Ayisatu Abdul Salam (Iya Sunna) and Alhaja Sikiratu Dauda Kolawole (Otun Iya Sunna).
The occasion was also graced by Alhaji Ganiyu, Lawal (GALCO), the Baba Adini (Spiritual Leader), who was the guest of honour.