In a pivotal address during a durbar held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 to climax the 150th-anniversary celebration of the Sagranti War, the revered Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, confidently stated that no secret plots from any group, including the government, politicians, or other tribes, will succeed in undermining the Ashanti Kingdom.

He explained that formerly the Ashanti Kingdom was not part of the Gold coast “but now we are part and rule the Kingdom under the supreme 1992 constitution of Ghana. We respect the laws, and we are all living peacefully in the country. So where from the hatred and the anti-Ashanti agenda’’ he asked.

The Asantehene highlighted the historical journey of the Ashanti Kingdom, underscoring its integration into the Gold Coast, now governed under Ghana’s 1992 constitution. He questioned the existence of animosity and anti-Ashanti sentiments, emphasizing the kingdom’s adherence to the law and its commitment to peaceful coexistence.

The Ashanti Monarch however issued a caution against political and secret plots aimed at destabilizing Asanteman, emphasizing its indestructibility, as evident in the resilience displayed during the Sagrenti War of 1874. The Golden Stool, housing the soul of the kingdom, symbolizes this strength, remaining untouched despite historical adversities.

“Asante is alive. 150 years ago, the whites destroyed this city, but the Golden Stool remained. Various kinds of guns came to Kumasi, but the Golden Stool remained untouched. So far as the Golden Stool remains, no one can touch Asanteman. It is the soul of Asanteman and Nananom used their blood to protect it,” He emphasized.

Addressing politicians, Otumfuo urged, “You will be conquered if you decide to take out Asante. All those who plot against the kingdom must stop. We live here in love… Politicians must know that power is transient. Use love to rule. If you rely on your power, remember that your time will end soon.”

He also decried the perceived hostility against Asantes by some Ghanaians as he indicated that Asanteman is welcoming and home to different ethnic groups. These ethnic groups have become a part of the Asante Kingdom due to the warm hospitality of the host:

“The Zongos are on our land, we live in peace. Ewes are here and we have Anloga here as well as Fantes New Town for Fantes. Why is our love being reciprocated with hatred? Let’s be united. All political parties must know that without Asante, Ghana cannot stand. We are not above anyone; we are equals but I won’t allow anyone to cheat us.”

Reflecting on history, Otumfuo noted Asante’s decision to join the Gold Coast to form Ghana, envisioning a Monarchical State during the quest for independence. As the ceremonial head, the Asantehene played a crucial role, solidifying Asante’s place within the broader Ghanaian identity.

Reflecting on history, Otumfuo stated that the Asantes decided to join the Gold Coast to become a part of Ghana after a promise to make the country a Monarchical State in which the Asantehene would be the ceremonial head was made, during attempts by the then Gold Coast to seek independence. He urged Ghanaians to unite for a common purpose to promote national growth built on the foundation of peace.

The durbar was dubbed: The Kuntunkuni Festival in Manhyia.

Source: Ghana/ Bediako