We Are Not Ghanaians -Agogo Boycotts Indece Day Over Fulani Killings

RESIDENTS OF Agogo community in the Ashanti Region on Sunday refused to participate in this year’s Independence Day, in protest against what they say is inhumane treatment being meted out to them by Fulani herdsmen operating in the community.

The residents say they have nothing to celebrate as they see themselves as aliens and refugees who have been abandoned by their own government and left at the mercy of foreigners. Information available to The Chronicle indicates that not a single parade was held in the Agogo Township, compelling the Asante Akim South District Assembly to relocate the ceremony to Dome, a community far away from the district capital.

A youth leader of the Agogo community, Ernest Owusu Bempah, who confirmed the story to the paper in an interview said there was no way they would have allowed any school or institution to participate, contending that it would have amounted to betraying their people. Agogo residents have for several years been battling the problem of invasion of Fulani nomads who are allegedly unleashing terror on residents, allegedly killing and destroying farm produce.

The unfortunate incident has assumed alarming proportion in recent times, with constant reports of clashes between youth groups led by the Member of Parliament, Hon. Kwadwo Baah and the cattle herders. An intervention by a high powered security team, led by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is yet to produce concrete results, as tension continue to exist between the residents and the nomads.

It is for this reason that the Agogo residents refused to observe one of the most important days in the history of the country. Information gathered by the paper indicates not even a last effort by the DCE and other traditional authorities in the area could convince the youth group, led by Ernest Owusu Bempah, who also doubles as the Communications Director of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Meanwhile, in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, the occasion was observed at the Jubilee Park, with the presence of various security agencies, public and private junior and senior high schools, as well as other para-security agencies. Representatives from the institutions as usual treated participants to artistic displays and march past to honour the day.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon, took the salute from the participating schools and security institutions, with assistance from the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye and the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu. The occasion was also used to honour some individuals for their dedicated service to mother Ghana and the Ashanti Region.

Prempeh Basic Junior High School was adjudged the best performers in the public school category whilst the Global Evangelical International School won the private school category, with St. Louis SHS grabbing the award for the senior high school category.

From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi

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