“Know that power is transient, your time will end soon” – Otumfuo’s advice to politicians
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, delivered a strong message to politicians at the Kuntunkuni Durbar, held at the Manhyia Palace on February 8, 2024. The durbar was part of the events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Sagrenti War fought between the Asantes and the British colonial forces in 1874.
The Asantehene advised politicians to rule with love rather than power, as power is transient and will soon end. He stated, “Politicians must know that power is transient. Use love to rule. If you rely on your power, remember that your time will end soon.”
Emphasizing the importance of Asante to Ghana’s stability and development, he warned against cheating or undermining Asanteman, stating, “All political parties must know that without Asante, Ghana cannot stand. We are not above anyone; we are equals, but I won’t allow anyone to cheat us.”
Expressing displeasure at the hostility some people show towards the Asante kingdom and its people, he highlighted the historical peaceful coexistence with other ethnic groups on their land. He questioned the reciprocation of their love with hatred, saying, “We live here in love… The Zongos are on our land, we live in peace. Ewes are here, and we have Anloga here, as well as Fantes in New Town. Why is our love being reciprocated with hatred? Let’s be united. All those who plot against the kingdom must stop.”
The Asantehene’s words at the Kuntunkuni Durbar conveyed a clear message to politicians and the public, urging them to prioritize love, unity, and respect in their dealings with Asanteman.
The durbar also showcased the rich culture and history of Asante, along with the return of some looted Asante artefacts by British troops in 1874.
The durbar saw attendance from thousands of people, including chiefs, queen mothers, elders, and dignitaries from various sectors and regions.