Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has said no one can destool him on the stolen jewels, and expressed his dismay that when people were talking against him no chief could challenge them on radio or in newspapers.
He declared,“ I have not stolen anybody’s property, for some people to sit on radio and television in Ghana to tarnish my image.”
“ Let me tell them that I am content with what God has made me and do not need to sell my own property to survive: adding even if I have to sell, those people who are expressing many opinions should be made to understand that I do not owe them anything”, Asantehene emphasized.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu who was speaking for the first time at a packed Asanteman Council meeting at the Manhyia Palace, Asantehene who had just returned from the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) summit in Oslo, said he needed not to tell lies.
He also took on his chiefs for failing to defend him in his absence, giving his detractors a field day to discuss issues they did not understand.
“Do they want me to fight my own fight?, ” he asked his traditional leaders, many of who included paramount chiefs from Asante, parts of Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions.
About three weeks ago, precious jewels belonging to the Asantehene were stolen at the lobby of Radisa Blue Plaza Hotel in DownTown, Oslo.
The Norwegian Police instituted pragmatic investigations into the theft. Two suspects, a man and a woman believed to be from Central or South America have so far been apprehended and placed in custody in Norway, while Police said they had retrieved two of the stolen items.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu said God had bestowed something special on Asanteman, for which reason anyone with the intention to disgrace him and his people will fail miserably.
He explained to the paramount chiefs that not until he returned to Ghana to enquire from his Gyaasehene, he never knew the nature of items that had been stolen.
“The true fact is that I do not handle such items. Even when I am going to functions, I do not decide what is used on me, adding that is the duty of Gyaasehene,” Otumfuo said.
He said he was not deterred by negative stories that are making the rounds about him and that he would continue to work for the development of Asanteman and Ghana.
Earlier, Nana Adu Gyamfi, Adontenhene of Kumasi who was on the delegation of the Asantehene to Oslo, had briefed the Asanteman Council on all the developments that took place in Norway.
He disclosed that the Asantehene was in London not Oslo when the theft took place; stressing the Asantehene had arrived in Oslo in the evening of the day of the incident.
Nana Adu Gyamfi explained that the bag containing the jewels and other luggage had been left at the lobby, while the members of the delegation went for their passports and hotel room keys.
According to the Adontenhene, the suspects had trailed them from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam where the baggage had been opened for inspection while on transit.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the Norwegian police to retrieve all the items for Otumfuo. Nana Adu Gyamfi said one outcome of the visit was that some Norwegian investors would soon arrive in the country to explore the possibility of establishing a paper and pulp company.
Daasebre Osei Bonsu, Mamponghene, who welcomed the Asantehene back home on behalf of Nananom, congratulated him on the many good things he was doing for Asanteman and Ghana.
He said anything belonging to the Golden Stool could not get lost and that he was confident that the jewels would find their way back to Kumasi.