Accra, May 08, GNA - The king of the Igbo Community in Ghana, HRM, Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Ihenetu has sent a royal goodwill message to His Majesty Nana Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11, the Asantehene on the occasion of his birthday.
In a birthday message to the Asantehene and sighted by the Ghana News Agency, HRM King Chukwudi stated that the Asantehene was prestigious among many kings in Africa.
He said the King was also an awesome leader who has brought dignity and distinction to the Chieftaincy institution in the continent.
He said: “We acknowledge and applaud your numerous achievements in your private and public service.
“Your Majesty, we are awed that since you ascended the throne, you have operated out of the box, doing community and other development projects. In the process, you have become the first traditional ruler in all Africa to receive World Bank support and funding to do projects in the educational sector where you built more than 42 primary schools and giving bursaries to bright students from poor backgrounds who would otherwise not go to school.
“It is on record that by 2009, the Otumfuo Educational Fund had supported over 4,000 students across three levels – primary, secondary and university.
“Moreover, you initiated a Water Project, which was again funded by the World Bank to bring borehole water to 1,000 communities across Ghana. This is most magnanimous.
“It is noteworthy that you have been a part of consolidating democracy in the sub region. You are also instrumental in resolving Chieftaincy tussles, a major example is the Dagbon conflict, you were the prime mover in terms of settling the crisis and that also hinged on the historical link between the Asante Kingdom and the Dagbon as well as Dagbon and the Gonja and Mamprusi.”
The statement also said: “As you clock a new age, today your Majesty, I, and the entire Igbo Community in Ghana wish that you enjoy abundant grace to lead better than you have ever done.
“We pray that the soil you walk on shall continue to yield a bountiful harvest. The sun that shines upon you shall never hurt you and your people.”
Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene, enstooled on 26 April 1999. He was born on May 06, 1950.