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Relationship Between Gonjas And Fulanis Explained By Jinapor II

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What is the Gonja- Fulani romance about?

It would be recalled that the Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional area Buipewura Jinapor (II) and Vice-President of the Gonja Traditional Council during his address at an Annual meeting of Fulanis at Buipe on 31st October, 2020 narrated a strong connection between Fulanis and Gonjas.

Buipewura said "Gonjas and Fulanis are a very different from other tribes because the Fulanis and Gonjas are all coming from Mandingo, Sudan Morocco etc and led by Askia Dawud and Sultan Mouley Ahmed 1550, 1557 and 1560.

The founder of the Gonja Kingdom was supported during his conquers buy a man called Mohammed Labayiru whom the Gonjas call Fati Morukpe who was a Fulani but Mallam to Ndewura Jakpa and was the first person to convert Gonjas to Islam in about 1594 to 1615 at Kulor…”

Also on 13th January, 2022 the Vice-President of the Gonja Traditional Council Buipewura Jinapor (II) interactrd with officials from the Office of the Transition Initiative (OTI) at his Palace in Buipe during a courtesy call on him by the country director of USAID and in-charge of Office of the Transition Initiative (OTI) Madam Morgan German and her Deputy, Dalia Haj-Omar together with the Northern Zonal representative Mr Mumin Mutari.

Buipewura stated that the Gonja Traditional Council is focused on promoting peaceful co-existence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers within the Savannah Region.

Buipewura also said a lot has been done already in respect to promoting peaceful co-existence between Gonjas and the Fulani community in the Savannah Region including the establishment of a Fulani settler community in the Buipe traditional area which he named ‘Mande’ where over 200 acres of land has been handed over to them for settlement.

The Vice-President of the Gonja Traditional Council hinted that similar settlements are in the pipeline in all the paramountcies in the region to help end the Fulani-farmer conflict which has become an everyday issue in the region.

On 19th January 2022 Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor (II) on behalf of Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresa (I), President of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs inaugurated a six (6) member committee to carefully research and present comprehensive report the Farmer/Fulani pastoralists conflicts, violence extremism and Farmer/ Fulani integration in the Savannah Region.

Buipewura Jinapor (II) at the meeting appealed to the membership of the committee to work diligently to find solution to the Farmer/Fulani everyday issues confronting the Savannah Region.


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