During a momentous durbar on Thursday, February 8, 2024, commemorating the culmination of the 150-year celebration of the Sagranti War, known as the Kuntunkuni festival, held in Manhyia, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, delivered a resolute message declaring that any plot against the Ashanti Kingdom, whether from the government, politicians, or other tribes in Ghana, will ultimately fail.
Otumfuo emphasized the imperative of national unity for the advancement of Ghana, urging all citizens to come together for the collective growth and prosperity of the nation.
Reflecting on the historical evolution of the Ashanti Kingdom within the broader context of Ghana’s development, Otumfuo underscored the Kingdom’s commitment to coexisting harmoniously within the framework of the country’s legal system. He called for an end to divisive agendas aimed at destabilizing the peace and unity of the nation.
Highlighting the resilience of Asanteman, Otumfuo invoked the symbolism of the Golden Stool as the unyielding soul of the Kingdom, impervious to external threats. He recounted the storied history of the Sagrenti War of 1874, underscoring the enduring strength of the Golden Stool amidst adversities, thereby solidifying the invincibility of Asanteman.
Addressing concerns over perceived animosity towards the Ashanti people, Otumfuo called for reciprocity of love and unity among all ethnic groups residing within the Kingdom. He emphasized the importance of fostering mutual respect and understanding to build a cohesive and inclusive society.
In a poignant message directed at politicians, Otumfuo reminded them of the transient nature of power and urged them to govern with love rather than relying on coercion. He urged political leaders to recognize the pivotal role of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana’s stability and development, emphasizing the imperative of equitable treatment and mutual respect for all ethnic groups.