His Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, has said the Otumfuo Commemorative Coin is an honour he shares with his country, Ghana.
He said for more than two decades since he ascended the Golden Stool, he has not concentrated his peace initiatives in only Asanteman, but has ensured that the entire country benefitted from every step that he took for peace to thrive.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu said this when he officially received his gold coin at the Manhyia Palace on Monday, December 20, 2021.
Officials of Access Bank (the official bankers), Gold Coast Refinery ( minters of the gold coin) and the E ON 3 Group , a business solutions provider, which powered the launch were at the Manhyia Palace to present the gold coin to Otumfuo.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu thanked the organizers for recognizing his peace initiatives adding that it was a reminder to all that we have only one country called Ghana which we need to jealously protect.
He said when he ascended the Golden Stool, he got all chieftaincy cases in Asanteman, which were in court to be wiredrawn for settlement through the traditional system, which had brought peace and and tranquility.
While maintaining that no country could develop without peace, the Asantehene said, democracy can also not thrive without an atmosphere of peace.
Otumfuo stated that he had all along been a fair arbiter, because once he did that the winner will be magnanimous in victory while the loser would be gracious in defeat.
“I will not bury the truth but will say it as it is since that is the surest way of calming tensions and ensuring development, “ the Asantehene said.
He said if all lived together in peace as one people with a common destiny, the path towards progress will be smooth.
“Anything that I will have to do to bring peace to the country, I would not turn my back to it,” he stated.
The Executive Director of E ON 3 Group, Mr Richard Adjei Mensah Ofori Atta, who led the organisers to present the gold coin to Otumfuo said they were proud and privileged to have led the initiative to seek authorisation from the Bank of Ghana for the minting of the gold coin to celebrate Otumfuo.
He said there were plans to initiate steps to present the Gold Coin to all the other Kingdoms in Africa to serve as a reminder for them to let peace be their watchword.
The Executive Director said on April 26, 2024, Otumfuo will be celebrating his Silver Jubilee coronation anniversary, which will be about seven months to the next general elections.
According to him, the role Otumfuo Osei Tutu plays in ensuring peace during elections was known to all, and therefore, E ON 3 Group hoped to partner the Manhyia Palace to work towards the realization of peace before, during and after the 2024 general elections.
Again, he appealed to Otumfuo to visit parliament to speak on consensus building, which is a major prerequisite for the smooth running of government.