Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has in separate meetings with two traditional leaders, called on them to use festivals and traditional durbars, to speak up against wrongs such as corruption in the society.
Two traditional rulers, Odeneho Dr. Affram Brempong III, Omanhene of Suma Ahenkro and Otuosiribour Safo Kankam I, Manwerehene of Adoagyri made separate calls on him on Thursday to invite him to the Suma Akwantu Kese and the Adoagyiri Odwira festivals respectively.
He tasked them to stand up for the rights of the people and be seen contributing to the fight against corruption.
“The struggle and fight against corruption must be intensified from the top to the bottom, especially from the top. Your voices must be heard. You are the ones who see directly the plight of the people. There is no barrier between you and the people.”
Rawlings also used the occasion to appeal to supporters of the various political parties to be more responsible for their comments and stay away from using provocative languages on the airwaves.
He urged them to use the opportunity of these festivals to warn those who used coarse invectives and said provocative things on the radio.
“This year being an election year people are being very sensitive and I don’t think we should be creating undue stress leading up to it,” President Rawlings noted.
The Manwerehene of Adoagyiri, Nana Safo Kankam and his delegation was the first to call on President Rawlings and invited him to the annual Odwira festival of the people of Adoagyiri.
This year’s festival which will climax on Saturday February 13, 2016 is under the theme, “Education: A key to National Development”.
Odeneho Dr. Affram Brempong, and his entourage which included popular gospel musician, Grace Ashie, who is the nkosuohemaa of Suma Ahenkro were the next in line to call on Mr Rawlings.
They also invited him to the Suma Akwantu Kese to be held on March 19, 2016 and expressed the gratitude of the people of Suma Ahenkro for the role the former president played in bringing electricity and other forms of development to their town and region.
“If others are refusing to acknowledge what you did for their communities, we are, grateful” he said.
Odeneho Brempong recalled how the first secondary school in Suma Ahenkro was established during the era of the former President.
He hinted that his community is putting together a structure to cater for a faculty of the University of Energy and Natural Resources.
Suma Ahenkro, has a unique historical lineage in Ivory Coast. It is a branch of the Jaman kingdom with parts within Ivory Coast, having been split into two during the partitioning of the continent.
However, the observation of historical links and reverence for the paramount chief based in Cote d’Ivoire have remained intact, Nana Brempong stated.
The former President then tasked Nana Brempong to use the festival to also invite Jaman people from both Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to freely interact and enjoy each other’s company. “Let’s have a peaceful co-existence. Let’s not allow the borders to restrict us to our own disadvantage,” he said.
Credit: Office Of Former President Rawlings