Mahama regrets ignoring my counsel – Otumfuo

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, has revealed that former President John Mahama has confessed his regret for ignoring his advice.

According to the Ashanti monarch, all other presidents, under the fourth republic, including the late President John Mills expressed similar sentiments to him after their exit from office.

Addressing a gathering at the Manhyia palace when the President paid a courtesy call on him, the monarch urged Nana Akufo-Addo to be careful of the people around him.

“I had conversations with the former presidents and they admitted they should have listened to my counsel. Rawlings and Kufuor were all here; I spoke with Prof. Mills ten days before his death and he said the same thing. Shortly after his term ended, President Mahama was here and he mentioned he ignored a number of things I counselled him for which he has paid dearly for,” Otumfuo said.

For his part, the President said he will ensure he delivers on the promises he made to Ghanaians.

“I made a lot of pledges during the campaign. We have started fulfilling them. The Free Senior High School policy will commence from September 2017. So you should know that what I said during the campaign was not political talk. Yesterday, in Parliament, the ‘Asempa’ budget became law. The Appropriations Act has been made, so there is financial provision for Free SHS in the budget. Ghanaians should know that I did not lie to them during the campaign, in order to get their votes. Whatever I said I was going to do, I will do.”