Let’s Do Away with Tribalism in Allocation of Leadership Positions- Otumfuo

His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has spoken against tribalism in the allocation of leadership positions and job promotions.

According to him, the act deprives countries the advantage of advancing as the expertise of competent people are traded for tribe’s sake.

Speaking at the “Ahoho Da”, the Monarch of the Asante Kingdom noted that Ghana can take a cue from Asantes who have demonstrated their commitment to standing against such acts.

“If truth be told, Asantes are the only group who aren’t tribal when it comes to employing workforce and allotting leadership positions. We make way for all qualified persons to take positions. We are focused on the development of Ghana. Let’s all be one.”

“This is a lesson to Ghana that togetherness is keen for development… Let’s come together and work towards our development. Leadership positions must be allotted to competent people and not based on their ethnic backgrounds.”

Also using the evolution of the Asante Kingdom as an example, he noted that different ethnic groups were incorporated in the quest to build it into the great kingdom it is known for today.

“Non-Asantes who settled here to make a living have established their businesses here, all contributing to development. They now call this place home and have become a part of us.”

He added, “Asante Kotoko Sporting Club was established and groomed by the likes of Salisu, Dogo Moro, Abukari and Malik. We recognized them as our own. Why did we name the Sports Stadium after Baba Yara when he was not an Asante? Because he was recognized as one of us. All we need as a country is unity.”

As part of his Silver Jubilee Celebrations, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II hosted 43 ethnic groups domiciled on his land at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

It was an opportunity for the various groups to exhibit their tradition and culture before the King as well as pay homage to him on the “Ahoho Da”.

It was also an affirmation of the bond and friendship between Asanteman and these groups.

Present at the event were dignitaries including Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi, the President of the National House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of Sefwi Anhwiaso Traditional Area; Naa Puowele Karbo III, the Vice President of the National House of Chiefs and the Paramount Chief of the Lawra Traditional Area in the Upper West Region; and the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng.

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