The traditional head of the Ashanti region, Ashantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has assured the residents of Agogo village in the Ashanti region that he will do all within his powers to resolve the Fulani crisis which has engulfed the area in recent times.
Fulani herdsmen operating in the Agogo and Tafo communities have been a great threat to the peace of the villagers for some time now as they engage the farmers in violent and bloody clashes bothering on destruction of farm lands and killing of grazing cattle.
A lot has been done so far by the government through security agencies to resolve the Fulani crisis but it still persists. At some point, the farmers have decided to take the matters into their hands through jungle justice, but this have only led to more bloody clashes, leaving some of them dead.
Consequent to this, the police had warned the villagers to desist from attacking the herdsmen. Instead, they should report any assault by them.
The Asantehene explained to the people that he will never exhibit a laissez faire attitude towards the suffering and complaints of his subjects over the matter and therefore assured them to be patient with him as he devices means of bringing the issue to an end.
When I arrived at the airport, I saw scores of people holding placards and shouting, Nana they are killing us, Agogo, Tafo. I plead with you all, exercise restraint, I just arrived, I am yet to receive full briefing on happenings during my absence; but that notwithstanding, I want all my children, grandchildren to understand that I will not sit unconcerned for my people to be driven away from their own lands in Agogo.”
I will not sit unconcerned for my people to be killed in Tafo. But there is a need for patience in all of these. As I sit here, no government can dictate to me and no government has ever tried to do that. I rather point out to them where they are going wrong so they can make amends and improve the country in the process. I want all of you to know that, as Asantehene, my eyes and ears are always on the ground. I have told you that even when a pin drops at Kejetia I hear of it.”