The 2016 flagbearer of the largest opposition party, Mr. Akufo-Addo, last Thursday March 10, 2016 insulted the rich culture of the Asante kingdom when he attended the burial observation rites for the late warlord of the Asante kingdom (Bantamahene) Nana Baffuor Asare Owusu Amankwatiah at the popular Bantama high streets in Kumasi.
Before his arrival, party faithfuls had been bused to the grounds just to welcome their flag bearer and cheer him up. The twice defeated flagbearer, was at the centre of controversy when he showed gross disrespect towards all the paramount chiefs, sub-chiefs and his royal majesty himself.
It is the highest level of sacrilege for anybody in a native cloth, and as demanded by custom, no matter the persons stature in the society, to shake hands with any chief within the kingdom without lowering his native cloth below shoulder level whiles bowing simultaneously.
Videos and pictorial evidences available to the weekly guide news paper indicates that, Mr. Akufo Addo did not lower his cloth whiles exchanging pleasantries with Daasebre Osei-Bonsu (Mamponghene) who is the second in command in the kingdom as well as the great king himself Otumfuor Osei-Tutu II.
This many believe is a sign of an outright disrespect to the Golden Stool. It is quite surprising to know that, anytime Mr. Akufo Addo exchange pleasantries with the Okyehene, he bows and lowers his cloth below shoulder level. Is it because he respects the okyehene more than the ASANTEHENE or it is part of his anti Asante agenda?
Weekly Guide can say on authority that, the attention of Manhyia palace have been drawn to those pictures making rounds on social media especially on Mr. Akufo Addo’s personal Facebook page and we can say without any shred of doubt that, Manhyia will within the shortest possible time summon Mr. Akufo Addo for queries.
Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were; H.E. J.D. Mahama, Mr. Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani (FMR. Chief of staff) Mr. Paul A. Afoko (National chairman, NPP) Mr. S.K. Boafo, Mr. John A. Ackon (Ashanti Reg. Minister)