The Asantehene Otumfour Osei-Tutu II says he will not sit idly and allow his subjects to be driven off their land in the Agogo and Tafo issues.
Speaking at a reception organized by the Asante Professionals Club (APC) in Kumasi, Otumfour called for calm and patience as he finds a solution to problems in the two communities.
He also debunked public perception he is in bed with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
“When I was enstooled, I met ex-President Jerry John Rawlings in power. Although he didn’t like me, we became friends and when I advised him he listened,” said the Asantehene.
The King noted that he has supported all ruling governments including financially supporting ex-President Kufour during his presidency.
According to him, when President John Mahama is talking to him he (Mahama) makes the reference, “Nana your people [to mean the New Patriotic Party (NPP) people]…”
Although unhappy with the numerous political tagging, Otumfour assured all that he stands for Asanteman’s interest and not any one political party.
The youth of Agogo and members of the Asante Youth Association had threatened to boycott today’s Independence Day celebration over the invasion of and harassment by nomadic herdsmen.
Wearing red and black, residents of Tafo also presented petitions to Otumfour upon arrival from abroad to intervene in ensuring justice is done in the recent Tafo violence.
According to Joy News’ Erastus Asare Donkor, this is the first time the Asantehene is speaking on the two issues since his return from South Africa.
Otumfour Osei Tutu II acknowledged receipt of the petitions submitted to him on the Agogo Fulani and Tafo violence.