Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has sent a strong warning to his followers, chiefs included, advising them not to turn against the Ashanti kingdom and unintentionally aid in its demise.
His criticism stems from the belief that many Ghanaian sections are envious of and hostile toward the kingdom.
The message conveyed by the monarch during a recent speech emphasizes the necessity for the Ashanti community to exercise caution in order to protect the kingdom’s cultural legacy.
“We are envied in the Ghana that we live in, some wish we could just be ejected. So, if you are in the kingdom, be careful. Isn’t it amazing, the Whiteman came and tried as much as they could but all of that led to nothing,” he noted.
Otumfuo advocated for increased prudence, expressing worry that certain forces inside the monarchy would end up serving as agents of its downfall.
The Asantehene considered the Ashanti kingdom’s history and saw the tenacity shown in the face of outside challenges. It’s incredible that despite the Whiteman’s best efforts, nothing came of their efforts.
“The Whiteman was with weapons and ammunitions but never got to see the Golden Stool,” he remarked, highlighting the kingdom’s historic defiance against colonial powers.
However, Otumfuo lamented a shift in dynamics, stating, “But because of ingratitude, Ashantis are now our own enemies, causing our own destruction.” He cautioned that there are forces both within and outside the kingdom that may seek to undermine the Ashanti legacy.
“You all should be very careful because they wish they could drive all of us out of this country,” he said.
The Asantehene’s admonition serves as a rallying cry for Ashantis to uphold their unity and preserve their culture. He emphasized the necessity of being vigilant in order to fend off any threats from individuals who would seek to bring the Ashanti kingdom to an end.
Since the 13th and 17th centuries, Ghana has looked to the Ashanti empire as a sign of legacy and heritage because of its rich cultural past and traditional leadership.
His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the current holder of the Golden Stool, has started initiatives to protect and enhance the kingdom’s reputation.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has been destooling subchiefs for a variety of crimes, including as indulging in illicit mining and taking part in the unapproved sale of property. The Ashanti kingdom’s traditions and ideals are to be upheld via these actions.
The Asantehene’s recent interactions with the Offinso and Dormaahene people are particularly significant because they demonstrate his dedication to upholding justice and order in the Ashanti society.
— Opemsuo Radio (@OpemsuoRadio) November 6, 2023