Don’t Let Politics Divide Us – Says Otumfuo

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The
Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has passionately appealed to political
leaders in the country to eschew negative acts that have the tendency to disrupt
the peace and development of the country.

He
stressed the need for politicians to champion issues that would develop Ghana
for the benefit of all citizens.

“Our
political leaders should make sure that politics would not create enmity and
cause division among us as a people. Let peace reign supreme,” the Asantehene
stated at the Manhyia Palace on Sunday amid applause during the durbar of
chiefs and people of Asanteman to climax the 20th Anniversary of his
ascension to the Golden Stool.

“I
will appeal to the President, former presidents and political party leaders to
work towards deepening the peace and unity of this country to boost proper
development to enhance the lives of the citizenry,” he emphasized.

According
to the Asantehene, the politics of insults and name-calling have not helped the
country in anyway.

This,
according to him, has stalled growth and development.

He
said Ghanaians are one people with a common destiny and so politicians should
not allow their quest for political power to divide the people.

Asante Ewe Relations

Using
Asantes and people of the Anlo State in the Volta Region as a reference point,
the Otumfuo said the cordial relations between people have suffered in modern
times due to partisan politics.

Retracing
history, he said the friendship between the Asantes and Anlos dates back to
1824.

The
Asantehene said in 1865 the two states signed a pact not to fight each another.

Sadly,
Otumfuo said some politicians had tried to use their hankering for political
power to create unnecessary disaffection among the two tribes, but insisted
that the people should ignore such divisive politicians.

“The
visit to the Manhyia Palace by the Overlord of the Anlo State, Togbe Sri, shows
a resurrected Ghana that is at peace with itself. “We can only develop when we
unite as one people,” he stressed.

Traditional Leaders

Otumfuo
admonished traditional leaders to use their revered positions to help expedite
development and transformation for their areas, saying “chiefs should inspire
and encourage development in their traditional jurisdictions.”

He
said he specifically instituted the Otumfuo Education Fund to develop the human
resource base of the country.

Other Projects

The
Otumfuo said his ascension to the throne has brought many good things to
Asanteman and the country at large, citing the re-development of Kumasi Central
Market Kejetia project, Kumasi Mall and now the rejuvenated Anglogold Mines in
Obuasi, among others, as some of the key projects initiated under his tenure.

Appreciation

Otumfuo
expressed gratitude to the about 67 paramount chiefs, scores of divisional
chiefs and other chiefs that serve the Golden Stool for their unflinching support
and pledged to continue to rely on the active support of the chiefs and
Ghanaians to create “a new chapter of hope and accomplishments.”

He
said despite some level of accomplishments, he would continue to provide the
needed counsel and support to any administration so that Ghana would overcome
challenges such as poverty, ignorance and diseases.

Charge to Ghanaians

He
also said it’s inappropriate for the citizenry to sit aloof and wait for the
government to always champion the development of the state. He, therefore, called
for collective efforts to transform Ghana.

Top Dignitaries

Otumfuo’s
20th Anniversary was under the theme: “Deepening Our Cultural
Heritage through Socio-Economic Development.”

Some
selected people shook hands with Otumfuo, who sat in
state and adorned in rich Kente cloth with gold ornaments.

The
Vice-President of Suriname, Ashwin Adhin, was the special guest of honour.

President
Akufo-Addo and his wife, Rebecca and Vice-President Dr. Bawumia and his Samira were
in attendance.

Former
presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama, as well as former First
Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, were also present at the grand durbar to
add colour to the occasion.

Speaker
of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Oquaye, Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, the IGP David
Asante-Apeatu, service commanders, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament,
the clergy and people from all walks of life were there.

The
Overlord of the Dagbon Traditional Area, Yaa Naa Abubakari Mahama, the Overlord
of the Anlo State, Torgbi Sri and other respected traditional leaders from
Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, just to mention a few, were  present.

The
National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay and his
wife, Gina Blay, Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany and Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh,
aka Napo, MP for Manhyia South, attended the event.

Also present were the Asantehemaa, Nana Ama Konadu III and Lady Julia Osei Tutu, the wife of the Asantehene.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi



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