The burial rites of the late Dakpema Naa, Alhaji Alhassan Dawuni, has taken place in Tamale. The custodians of the tradition performed a series of rituals on Sunday, 15 July 2018, before the burial ceremony. As part of tradition, the deceased was carried shoulder high in a palanquin and a procession held through the principal streets of Tamale to signify that the chief had joined his ancestors.
The Chief according to sources closer to the palace complained on Friday that, he didn’t feel well and was sent to the Tamale Teaching Hospital. He died subsequently at age 76 at the hospital. In line with the teachings of Islam, the family prepared the mortal remains for burial on Sunday. This triggered fearless resistance by the traditionalist and custodians of the land but with the timely intervention of the Military officers, this was conducted amicable before the body was carried shoulder high three times around the palace and then proceeded through to the principal streets of Tamale and later buried him at the historic tomb, where his predecessors and ancestors have all been buried.
Before that, the burial processes started with the custodians pushing down some walls at the palace, followed by a nine musketeers gunshot salute to signify that, the Dakpema is dead. In an exclusive interview with the Public Relations Officer of the late, Sabaa Naa Abass Salifu described the late chief as a unifier.
According to him, the elders of the palace have decided that, the first funeral rites will held in the coming Friday, July 20. He noted that, it is after this that, the date for the final funeral rites will be announce. Sabaa Naa Abass Salifu indicated that, the demise should halt some of the interventions initiated by the late chief.
The late Dakpema Naa initiated the educational endowment fund to support needy but brilliant students and girl child education in the northern region especially Tamale. In this regard, the PRO stated that, there would be change of signatories to the fund to enable the next Dakpema continue with the novelty.
He urged that, “the good works of Dakpema Naa Alhassan Dawuni should be continued by the next chief”. He mentioned that, the next chief should to engaging the youth forestall peace and unity in the area and make the chieftaincy institution very accessible to the ordinary people.
He pledged that, the current cabinet of the late chief is ever ready to support the new chief coming to inculcate some of the programmes of the late chief into his programme. Meanwhile, business activities are expected to resume on Monday morning. Many of the big shops and companies all closed down and traders at the major market centers in the metropolis also halted their activities since the chief of the market was to call glory.
by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com