President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday commended the chiefs and people of the Bolgatanga Traditional Council for peacefully enskinning Mr Raymond Alafia Abilba as Regent of the skin after the death of his father.
He described the late Naba Martin Adongo Abilba as an accommodating person who respected everybody, irrespective of their political affiliations or ethnic groupings.
President Mahama made this commendation when Yorugu Naba Awuni Azebire Johnson led a delegation to officially announce the death of the late Paramount chief of the Bolgatanga traditional area.
The Late Bolgatanga paramount chief, Naba Martin Adongo Abilba who died on September 26, 2013 at the age 68 years, left behind eight wives and 45 children.
He is credited with the achievement of instituting the girls educational fund to uplift the educational levels of girls in the Bolgatanga traditional area and beyond.
The late paramount chief also amidst opposition, abolished obsolete traditional practices; including female genital mutilation, which was deemed outmoded and injurious to the development of the people.
President Mahama gave the assurance that government would offer the necessary support that would give the late Chief a befitting burial and funeral in the coming days. He advised them to allow peace to reign before, during and after his funeral, so that the peace recorded in the area over the years, would be sustained for posterity.
Naba Awuni announced that they would appropriately inform government of the funeral arrangements in due course, and.gave the assurance that they would abide by all the traditional rules and conventions that would make his funeral and traditional transition period successful and peaceful.
They presented a calabash of cola nuts, which officially signified the announcement of the funeral of an important personality.