Rev.Dr Opuni in a handshake with the Okyenhene
The Local Council of Churches, in collaboration with the Okuapeman Traditional Council, has held a thanksgiving service in honour of the late Okuapehene, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III.
The event which was held at the forecourt of the Okuapeman Traditional Council in Akropong in the Eastern Region was heavily attended by the membership of the Local Council of Churches, chiefs and people from all walks of life including the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong.
Preaching the sermon, Rev G.O. Kwapong of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, who is the Akuapem Presbytery Chairman, described the late chief as a visionary leader who lived his life as a true Christian and an advocate of peace and development.
Rev Kwapong, who spoke extensively on the history of the Akuapem state, urged the kingmakers to allow fair play to govern their choice of a successor.
While commending the security agencies for what he described as a display of a new policing approach to handling crowd, Rev Kwapong also called on the people to unite against any unforeseen development which is likely to hinder progress.
The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, commended the chiefs and people of Okuapeman for what he described as the successful performance of the final funeral rites and burial of the late Okuapehene.
The Okyenhene observed that the high level of cooperation exhibited by the chiefs and people at the event was an indication that Okuapeman’s reunification process had significantly progressed, adding that this spirit should be sustained in all endeavours.
The late Okuapehene is survived by a wife, Awo Ayebea, five children—Nana Asumka, Beatrice, Michael, Tony and Nana Dokua—and a number of grand and great grandchildren.
By Solomon Ofori