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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu has advised Chief to stop asking politicians for favor and rather be role models for politicians to come to them for advice and direction. He said if Chiefs continue to ask for favors from politicians it will the them as traditional custodians of the country’s traditions and culture.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the National House of Chiefs building which was built i 1949 by Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyemang II but was not functional due to lack of maintenance.
“As fathers of this nation, politics came to meet you and the politicians came later … but ask yourself, why are you not being recognised as such? It is because of our own doing. We troop to politicians begging them for certain things so we’re divided in the front. You have to be united; you should know the essence of chieftaincy.”
“Let them come to you for advice, let them come to you for direction… if we don’t do that and we go for our petty whatever benefits that we want, you’ll sell your heritage to the politician.” he said.
the Otumfuo also added that as chiefs, they have a big role to play in the development of the country and if they fail the youth especially will not recognize their relevance.
The National House of Chiefs’ building was renovated at the cost of GHS3.5 million, which has been reimbursed by the government.
Source: Ghana Waves