THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has cautioned the citizenry to desist from acts that can disturb the peace, security and stability being enjoyed in Ghana.
The 16th occupant of the Golden Stool particularly directed his strong warning to politicians in the country, and placed emphasis on the fact that the peace of the state should not be toyed with.
“Let no one, man or woman, young or old, politician or whatever, put at risk the sacred peace we have enjoyed over the years”, the Asante King noted.
He noted further that “Ghanaians should be thankful for the peace in our land” and reminded the citizenry that other nearby countries could not boast of Ghana’s peace.
The Asantehene was speaking during the Millennium Excellence Foundation’s awards ceremony, which was held at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi, on Saturday evening.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was the star of the show as he was awarded the prestigious ‘Gold Coast Award”, which was the highest award on the night.
The President’s award was in recognition of his significant contributions to the proper and effective transformation of the country over the many years that he had been in public service.
Similar award was to be presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Kingsford Alban Bagbin, but he could not attend the event.
The Asante Monarch said the country could only be developed in an atmosphere of peace and unity so the populace should always protect the peace of the state.
Otumfuo also warned the country not to be complacent over the deadly COVID-19, pointing out that the disease was still causing havoc in some countries in the world.
According to him, the outbreak of the deadly virus should be a reminder to Africans and Ghanaians that they could no longer rely solely on foreign support for their survival.
The Asantehene said it was time for Africans, in particular Ghanaians, stoped the over reliance and over dependency syndrome, by taking their destiny into their own hands.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in his address, lauded the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, for making his government successful in political office so far.
The Millennium Excellence Foundation started the awards ceremony 20 years ago and they have since honoured distinguished Ghanaians for sacrificing for the state.
The foundation, which has the Asantehene as its Life Patron, started the awards ceremony to help reward excellence and help imbibe nationalist traits in the people.
Aside the president, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, Ing Nana Poku Agyeman, Kumasi Roads Chief and others, were also rewarded by the foundation.