Ghana Will Not Burn – Otumfuo

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THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has stated emphatically that the peaceful atmosphere currently being enjoyed in the country will be sustained before, during and after the November general election.

He has therefore encouraged Ghanaians and people from other countries who are residing or doing business in Ghana, not to be afraid or even think that the national polls will destablise the country.

Otumfuo gave the encouraging statement after President John Mahama, who is on a three-day ‘accounting to the people’ tour of the Ashanti Region, pledged his commitment to work to ensure peace before, during and after the elections to him (Otumfuo).

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, according to Otumfuo, had also pledged his commitment of ensuring that the elections would be held in a peaceful manner, devoid of bloodbath.

“President Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo, without doubt, are the main contenders of the elections and if these two noble men have pledged before me about their commitment to peaceful elections, then we as a people should not be afraid of any danger,” he underscored.

Warning

Otumfuo however, warned politicians to do away with insults, name calling and insinuations during their campaigns, since such unguided remarks could give rise to anger and lead to chaos.

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The Asantehene charged President Mahama to work assiduously to improve the lives of Ghanaians, noting that he (Asantehene) as the occupant of the Golden Stool, only wished to see the country developed so that the people would enjoy better lives.

The occasion was a durbar of chiefs and people of Asanteman to mark ‘Awukudae’, which was held at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Wednesday, in keeping with the Asante calendar.

Mahama’s Pledge

President Mahama, on his part, pledged that he would do everything possible as the Commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, to steer Ghana through the impending polls successfully so that the relative peace would be sustained.

He said if the country’s peace would be disturbed during the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, “then it would not come from my end because I love peace and I strongly hate violent acts that would lead to loss of human lives.”

Kofi Boakye

President Mahama informed Otumfuo that the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Kofi Boakye, had been elevated to the Commissioner of Police (COP) status “so Nana your recent request that Kofi Boakye should be promoted for his hard work has been answered by the Police Council.”

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

Source GhanaPlus.com

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