The Asantehene,
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has expressed worry at the extent to which issues
bothering on the nation’s development continue to be politicized.

“Politics is dividing Ghana. We have
politicized almost everything. This is the truth, and we need to be candid
about this,” he remarked.

“We should know that the nation’s interest
is above partisan politics,” the Asantehene told Executive Members of the
National Peace Council (NPC), when they paid a courtesy call on him at the
Manhyia Palace, Kumasi.

The delegation, led by the Most Reverend
Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the Council, was at the Palace to thank
the Asantehene for his unflinching support towards peace and unity in the
country.

Most importantly, it was to convey the
Council’s heartfelt gratitude to the Asantehene for leading the Eminent Chiefs
to bring lasting solution to the Dagbon crisis, following many years of protracted
chieftaincy conflict.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu said it was imperative the
leadership of the nation mustered courage in upholding the sense of honesty and
truthfulness in the discharge of their duties.

“There cannot be any meaningful development
if we approach national and other sensitive issues in a hypocritical manner,”
he observed.

He cited how the recent efforts to end
vigilantism in all its forms had been dragging due to the political and selfish
interest of some political leaders in the society.

“We all know that the nation has her own
criminal codes and laid-down rules and regulations in meting out punishment to
wrongdoers, but due to politics and hypocrisy it has become difficult for us to
enforce our own laws to the letter,” Otumfuo Osei Tutu said.

This, he said, must change if Ghana wants to
build a more prosperous society which was attractive to investors.

Most Rev. Prof. Asante, in an earlier
address, lauded the Asantehene for his commitment to promoting peace and unity
in the country.

Source: GNA