Former president Jerry John Rawlings has waxed lyrical on the Asantehene and Okyenhene following the colourful show of unity between the two rulers.
According to Rawlings, the two rulers have shown great statesmanship by agreeing to unite at the durbar of chiefs held in Kyebi.
On Thursday, overlord of the Ashanti kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II paid a historic visit to the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II.
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The visit is the first time in centuries that any Asantehene has stepped foot on Akyem land following past troubles between both tribes.
In a joint statement released with his wife, Nana Konadu, Rawlings, praised both rulers insisting “they had put the brakes on those who tend to take negative advantage of the healthy rivalry between the two kingdoms”.
He further commended “the atmosphere of unity and reciprocity exhibited by the eminent traditional rulers” following their union.
The former president made these comments when Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and a delegation of chiefs called on them at their residence at Ridge in Accra on Friday.
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Read the full statement below:
OTUMFUO CALLS ON RAWLINGS
Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings have praised the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II for their show of statesmanship at the durbar of chiefs held in Kyebi on Thursday.
The two said the atmosphere of unity and reciprocity exhibited by the eminent traditional rulers was inspirational and a great motivation for national peace and cohesion.
Flt Lt Rawlings and Mrs. Rawlings made the comments when Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and a delegation of chiefs called on them at their residence at Ridge in Accra on Friday.
The former President said the gestures by the two traditional rulers had put the brakes on those who tend to take negative advantage of the healthy rivalry between the two kingdoms.
He noted that there are some whose interests are parochial and not nationalistic as opposed to those whose pursuits are always patriotic and all-embracing, stating the two leaders had chosen a path that will send a strong signal of unity to all Ghanaians.
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings commended the Otumfuo and the Okyehene for the tone of their addresses at the colourful durbar which was attended by President Akufo Addo, leading politicians, business people and a cross-section of Ghanaians as well as international guests.
She stated that the addresses where inspiring, passionate and aroused a sense of patriotism and nationalism that was electrifying.
The Otumfuo had earlier paid a courtesy call on the President.