Government has condemned recent attacks on the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II by some leading members of the NDC over the revered ruler’s remarks at the United Nations’ General Assembly, ABC News can report.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah argued that the Asantehene’s contribution, like many other traditional authorities, has significantly impacted the growth of the country and thus, ought to be given utmost respect.
“The Asantehene lifted the image of Ghanaian traditional authority high on the global stage. He raised issues that require deep analysis and examination, without the influence of offices like his, some persons may have done the unthinkable to this country. There is no need to denigrate him if you are displeased with his words” he said.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in his speech delivered at the United Nations on using traditional methods and culture to engender peace, claimed that but for his timely intervention to get the defeated candidate, John Dramani Mahama to concede to the eventual winner, President Akufo-Addo, Ghana could have lost its peace and harmony.
The remark did not go down well with the opposition NDC who lost in a humiliating defeat in 2016, resulting in some of its members, including former Communications Minister under Mahama administration, Edward Omane Boamah, and sympathisers expressing some unsavory views.
Dr Boamah is reported to have posted on social media that ”big men too can lie” in reference to the recent comments made by Otumfour on the 2016 general elections. Additionally, the former Minister suggested said “Ahead Of election 2020 expect more lies against John Mahama”
Expressing concern about the kinds of derogatory comments made by some elements within the opposition NDC, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah cautioned, ”young people in particular and politicians, in general, should be very careful not to insult our chiefs and call them names just because we feel exposed by their comments.”