Otumfuo asks Asante Chiefs to prove loyalty

IMG_4393Asanteman Chiefs are to prove their loyalty to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on January 31, by swearing the sacred great oath, (“Ntam Kesiemiensa”).

January 31, this year, is exactly 114 years when the then Queen of Ejisu, Yaa Asantewaa, led an Asante army to resist an attempt by the British to take way the Golden Stool during their 1900-1901 War.

The Otumfuo gave the charge for the chiefs to swear the sacred great oath, when he addressed the Asanteman Council recently at his palace.

The Asantehene has for some time now, questioned the loyalty of his chiefs, and lashed out at them on a number of occasions for not defending him whenever he is “ridiculed” in the media.

To whip them back in line, the Asantehene said the chiefs would take the great oath before the Golden Stool, so that “they will be dealt with by the Stool if they fail to go by their pledges”.

“The Golden Stool will be brought out and you will individually, take the Asanteman’s Great Oath before it that day. Whether you choose to be loyal or not from then on, would then be between you and the Stool and not me”, he said.

He described the Golden Stool as the biggest and fiercest of all stools in the Kingdom, and said that therefore makes him the occupant, the final authority.

This development seems to have arisen because of the recent troubles at Kumawu, where a rival paramount chief, Barima Tweneboa Kodua V, was installed in opposition to Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua, who had sworn the oath of allegiance to the Asantehene.

It is recalled that at the first Asanteman Council meeting last Thursday, the Asan-tehene expressed regret that the chiefs had neglected their avowed duty, to which they had sworn, to defend him and the kingdom at all times.

The Otumfuo took a swipe at his people for allowing the public, through the media, to denigrate the Golden Stool.

From Kingsley E. Hope & Gideon Botwe, Kumasi

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