Youth group demands apology from Deputy Ashanti regional minister

yammin-adansiA youth group; Ashanti Youth for Development has condemned statements by Deputy Ashanti regional Minister, Joseph Yammin indicating his resolve as well as that of others to fight for the Asantehene, if Ashanti Chiefs will not.

Hon. Yammin who made the statement at an NDC function at Adansi Asokwa was unhappy about the leakage of a video tape of the Asantehene dancing merrily to a local tune with the President and other government functionaries.

The youth group however believes the statement by the Deputy Ashanti regional minister is “unsavory and highly irresponsible” and calls for an apology from the Deputy Minister.

Read below the full statement:


We have taken note of some unsavory and highly irresponsible comments made by deputy Ashanti regional minister, Joseph Yamin at an NDC function over the weekend. It is obvious stoking vicious ethnic and chieftaincy fires for cheap political gain is the NDC’s stoke in trade.

It is however unfortunate Yammin wants to draw the Golden stool and its occupant; one of Ghana’s most revered chiftancy institutions today at the mercy of its diabolic political schemes.

At a typical NDC function, Yamin , before chiefs and enthusiastic NDC supporters, chanted that, he was going to defend the Asantehene from what he refers to as an INSULTS on the King of Ashanti if chiefs and subjects are failing to do so.

He went on to remind the gathering that although he was not an indigene of Ashanti, he was going defend the revered monarch since natives have failed to do so. These comments coming from a deputy minister of the region on a political party platform is most irresponsible and again a glaring indication to draw the Ashanti stool into their diabolic political schemes.

We must not treat lightly for the following reasons;

  1. Joseph Yamin did not find any other platform appropriate for his comments than an NDC function. For Yamin to pledge such feigned and needless ‘solidarity’ to the Ashanti monarch before teeming NDC supporters is highly irresponsible. Such statements only draw the revered king into petty partisan politicking and should be condemned.

  2. In buttressing his comments and claims, the deputy minister mentioned that the manner in which a video of the Asantehene and the President dancing to Lumba’s ‘yentie obiaa’ tune got into public domain was a an indication of efforts by some elements to spite the Ashanti King. These comments are equally irresponsible and mischievous because, Mr Yamin forgot that, the function at which the President danced with the king was a private one attended by top government and NDC officials. The videos could only have been circulated by these top Government and NDC officials.

  3. Finally, for him to say that chiefs in the kingdom like natives are failing to protect the Asantehene is most divisive and an insult the our chiefs. Is It is an attempt to pitch the king of Ashanti against his loyal chiefs and subjects ?

These are chiefs who have stayed loyal to the king at all material times. The attempt by Mr. Yamin to spite these chiefs must be condemned without equivocation.

We consequently Joseph Yamin to desist from veering any more into such delicate issues and concentrate on ameliorating the ever dwindling fortunes of people in the Ashanti Region and apologise to the King, his loyal chiefs and the people of Ashanti Kingdom

The Golden stool and it’s occupant remain one of the most revered institutions in the world today and should never become an object of diabolic political scheming.


Nana Kwame Owusu ( Spokesperson

R. P. SARFO ( Organizer)

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