9 November 2012

Ghana: Alex Asabre Jumps Into Otumfuo's Defence

Mr. Alex Asabre, Chairman of the erstwhile UK-based Ghana Democratic Movement (GDM), has broken loose and asked Nana Obiri Yeboah, former minister and an expert in traditional and chieftaincy affairs, to render an unqualified apology to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and Asanteman for the alleged unwarranted and unguided statement to the effect that Otumfuo faces destoolment for the missing jewels in far away Norway.

He said an apology was proper, because the remarks had dented the image of no mere a personality than the occupant of the Golden Stool, and that his comments had put Otumfuo in a very bad light and exposed him to uncharitable comments from far and near, until he came down to explain the matter better.

Mr. Asabre said Nana Obiri Yeboah would have done himself a world of good if he was informed and knowledgeable on matters concerning the Ashanti Kingdom.

"I would advise Nana Obiri Yeboah to be careful in future, if he is to be interviewed on matters regarding Otumfuo, and the Asante Kingdom in general," he stated.

In a statement issued in Kumasi on Tuesday, Mr. Asabre stated that it was unfortunate for Nana Obiri Yeboah to have rushed to comment on the issue, when he did not know the details of the incidence.

He said the so-called expert in traditional and chieftaincy affairs should have waited a little to consider eye witness accounts of the incident, before going on radio to despicably and ignorantly speak about the stolen jewels.

The GDM founder noted that the expert in tradition and chieftaincy affairs that he claimed to be, Nana Obiri Yeboah should have traditionally restrained himself with his remarks, due to the paramount and delicate nature of the issue before, he commented on it.

He said he (Nana Obiri Yeboah) should be ashamed of his utterances by now, having listened to Otumfuo's account on his return of how the jewels got missing.

The chairman of the defunct GDM also took a swipe at Asante chiefs for failing to put up a defence for and on behalf of the Asantehene, reminding them of their avowed role to protect and defend the Golden Stool at all times, saying, "It is shameful on your (chiefs) part to sit down for the image of Otumfuo to be tainted."

He said it was unfortunate, because the Asantehene was not on a holiday trip, but rather on "a mission to engage investors to develop the Ashanti Region and Ghana as a whole." Mr. Asabre urged Asantes chiefs to exhibit that the Ashanti Kingdom was a united one.

He also blamed the Foreign Missions, saying there are tangible, but basic questions, which had been left unanswered by them, in connection with Otumfuo's visit.

According to Mr. Asabre, before Otumfuo decides to travel to any part of the world, the Foreign Missions of Ghana are notified to enable them prepare for his visit, on account that Otumfuo holds a red passport, which provides him with diplomatic immunity in every part of the world.

Recounting the narration of the Adontenhene, Nana Adu Gyamfi, Mr. Asabre said the stolen jewels was a clear case of diplomatic disaster, because if there was collaboration between the King's advance party and the Ghanaian Missions in UK, Holland and Norway, the thieves would have been apprehended half way through their diabolical plans.

The jewels were said to have been stolen in Norway, after they had been pursued right from Holland to Norway, while Otumfuo was in London, according to the Adontenhene, who was part of the King's delegation, on their return to base.

Mr. Asabre wondered if the missions were informed of the King's investment visit, and who were detailed to be in charge of the advanced party security detail.

The GDM Chairman also bemoaned that if this is the kind of reception Otumfuo is given in most of the his travels abroad, then Ghana and he Ashanti Kingdom had been fortunate something terrible had not happened to our cherished King all these years, a development, which portrays a security lapse, too grievous to be pardoned.

Mr. Asabre was also at a loss as to why the foreign missions, which are associated directly with Otumfuo's recent travel, have remained tight-lipped, while Ghanaians await their accounts as to how the King's jewels were stolen.

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