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Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has said he’ll under no circumstance ever kneel before the revered Overlord of Asanteman, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
According to him, he is not a coward and there’ll be no justification for him to ever kneel before the Asantehene.
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako made the comment after some top executives of the New Patriotic Party who trooped to the Manhyia Palace to have a word with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II last week, had no choice than to kneel and beg after the angry King asked them to leave his Palace.
The NPP executives were led by acting General Secretary, John Boadu – who was in the region to campaign – Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, party Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, and Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization, Kwabena Senkyire.
The Asantehene was reportedly angry over concerns that some members within the NPP government are attempting to pitch him [Asantehene] against the Ohyehene and Akyems.
A group calling itself the Concerned Youth of Ashanti had accused Gabby Asare Otchere Darko and the Executive Secretary to the President Nana Asante Bediatuo of running down the Asantehene.
The entourage had to go on their knees to passionately plead with the Asante king and assure him everything possible will be done to ensure that his grievances with the party are addressed.
But speaking on Peace FM Wednesday, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, who said he has great respect for the Asantehene whom he describes as a wise person, however said he’ll never go to the extent of going on his knees before him.
“This country is a Republic, those who chose to pacify the Asantehene Otumfuor by kneeling down, they’re entitled to that, that was their own choice. Kweku Baako would’t do that, of cause not…what are you talking about? I won’t do that! I’m not a coward and I speak my mind. Anybody out there is entitled to disagree with me, but I’ll speak my mind.”
He added there’s nothing like the Ashanti Kingdom as Ghana’s constitution does not recognize any Kingdom in the country, neither does it recognize any King, eventhough the Asantehene is a powerful paramount Chief who presides over other paramount chiefs.