With just about 10 days for the apex court of the land to give its ruling on the matter, the Koase chief, who is also the Manwerehene of Techiman Traditional Area, admonished the citizenry to allow peace to prevail and support whoever emerges victorious since Ghanaians are not prepared to become refugees in other countries.
Nana Fosu Gyeabuor said Ghanaians are one people with a common destiny and therefore should not allow themselves to be divided by partisan politics.
The chief was speaking in an interview with DAILY GUIDE on Saturday at his palace at Koase during the celebration of this year’s Yam Festival.
He noted that the nation should not disintegrate for people to abandon their property and urged the citizenry to throw their weight behind the winner.
Touching on the significance of the annual festival, Nana Fosu Gyeabuor said the festival is aimed at interacting with the people in the community to promote development of the town.
He disclosed that this year’s development agenda would focus on best ways to tackle waste in the town and create jobs for the youth.
The Koase chief further mentioned that education has been one of his top priorities, stressing that he used past festivals to find solutions to some challenges affecting education in the community.
He indicated that he was providing bursary to about 20 brilliant but needy students in the town currently.
The chief called on his people, especially the youth to support his vision so as to improve their lives.
Giving the history of the annual Yam Festival, the Koase chief explained that the festival is held within 80 days in various communities in the Techiman Traditional Area.
According to him, the Techiman people, the first Akan tribe to settle in present-day Ghana in the 11 th Century, saw pigs eating the leaves of a plant which later became known as yam when they arrived in the country.
The people were surprised at the spectacular scene and harvested some of the tubers. They later narrated the whole episode to the chief.
Some of the yam were cooked and given to dogs to eat, but nothing happened to the dogs. The chief then gave a small portion of the cooked yam to one family to also eat to see whether they would die or not, but after some time nothing bad happened to them, he indicated.
According to him, they perform the rituals annually to thank the gods for abundant yield and also pray for more food in the coming years.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Techiman
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