The Chief of Tamale, Dakpema Naa Alhaji Alhassan Dawuni has admonished the youth of Tamale to avoid violence during this year Bugum (Fire) festival. The Bugum festival is one of the festivals celebrated among Dagombas annually. It characterizes a procession of the youth along principal streets, chanting and dancing the traditional songs and wielding thatch.
Briefing the Tamale Metropolitan Police Command and Journalists in Tamale, Naa Dakpema said the meeting was to inform the security about the celebration of this year’s Fire ‘Bugum’ festival on Saturday, September 30. He noted the festival is a traditional norm and it is observed at this period of the year.
According to Dakpema, the celebration characterizes the procession of the traditionalist and the youth along principal streets after they seek the blessings of the Chief at the palace. Whilst they march along, they chant and dance to the traditional songs. The Chief bemoaned how the youth in recent years veer off the fundamental tradition of the festival. He said some people are seen wielding guns, machetes and offensive weapons during the celebration.
This Naa Alhaji Dawuni said is to not prescribe in the celebration. He recounted in about 50 years ago when they were celebrating the festival and said the tradition is that, you only use thatch and dance along the streets and when you get to the designated point to end, you light the thatch, dance for while and then throw away and return to the Chief palace.
He admonished the intensify security surveillance during to curtail incident celebrating. He charged them to arrest any recalcitrant celebrant who is seen conducting himself/herself contrary to the rules. The Tamale Chief seized the opportunity to urge the security setup security posts to direct motorist who will be using the major streets in the central business district during the celebration.
Meanwhile, the Acting Tamale Metropolitan Police Commander, Superintendent Anthony Appiah thanked the Chief and his elders for their concern in the security situation before, during and after the celebration.
He said they will liaise with their counterparts in the military to safeguard lives and properties in the area. He however assured the police will start their patrols from 4:00pm till the following when everything settles.
In a related development, the Tamale Metropolitan Security Council (METSEC) has suspended the celebration of this year’s fire or ‘Bugum’ festival in Tishegu a suburb of the metropolis. According to METSEC, this decision has become necessary following a meeting held between METSEC and the feuding chieftaincy families of Tishegu which was occasioned by gathered intelligence pointing to a possible breach of peace in the area.
The METSEC is however calling on the two families and followers in Tishegu not to do anything untoward but co-operate with the security agencies to ensure lasting peace in the community.
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