The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, has advised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to be vigilant and stay focused by not listening to deceit and lies from close members in his government.
According to the Asantehene, it would be prudent for the President to heed his advice so he does not regret in the future as successive governments had done.
“All that I want to say is be vigilant and careful of the people around you, they will come with lies about other people for favour and tell you false reports and not the real situation on the ground,” Otumfuo Osei Tutu said.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu gave the advice when the President paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi during a two-day tour of the Ashanti Region.
He said: “Including you, I have worked with five successive presidents (Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama), all of them after their tenure of office told me they regretted not taking my advice because some of their close associates contributed to their failures.”
The Asantehene again advised the President to work hard to achieve results for the country as Ghanaians’ expectations of his government was high.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu said the President should stay through to his principles, if he wanted to perform well, and deliver on his campaign promises in order to be in the good books of Ghanaians after his tenure of office.
“As you have been elected to govern the country, for the sake of the love you have for the country, you should work hard with determination, because at this point in your life, your interest should not be in amassing wealth, but rather good name so that in the future you may be remembered as a very good President,” Otumfuo Osei Tutu said.
According to the Asantehene, Ghanaians have high expectations and were relying on the President to provide them jobs, good health delivery and other social interventions that will make their life worth living.
He noted that, although the President could not do all that he promised, “ he should do what he can for people to bear witness that he did his best for the country”.
President Akufo-Addo, in response, promised to work hard towards the growth of the country, and assured that his government would ensure the law worked, irrespective of the people involved, and that nobody would be allowed under his watch to trample on the laws of the land.
“It is not my time as President of the country that we will look on for certain people to trample on the laws of the land and go scot-free, I will not allow that, because the law is going to work for all Ghanaians,” he said.
From Kingsley E. Hope and Faustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi