Concerned youth of Abenase, Edwinase and Asaapong communities in the Ejisu Municipality have expressed grave concern over the protracted chieftaincy dispute that has bedeviled the area and appealed for the intervention of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The youth have complained that the chieftaincy dispute, spanning a period of 15 years since the demise of the late Nana Yaw Boakye, has affected the development of the area.
The spokesperson of the youth, Daniel Osei Tutu, explained that upon the death of Nana Yaw Boakye, the Queenmother, Nana Yaa Nsowaah II, in consultation with the kingmakers, nominated one Ofori Barack who swore the oath of allegiance to the stool elders and people of Abenase and the late Ejisumanhene, Nana Aboagye Agyei II.
According to the spokesman, an oath (Great Oath of Otumfuo) was subsequently invoked against the nomination of Ofori Barack by an opposing faction, resulting in the protracted dispute.
The complainants observed that Abenase is not fully represented at traditional settings, both at Ejisu and Manhyia, hence the need for the people of the area to have leadership at such fora.
They also noted that the absence of a chief had contributed to the increase in crime in the area, coupled with insecurity and growth in immorality and all forms of social vices.
The aggrieved youth have, therefore, appealed to the Asantehene to prevail upon the Ejisumanhene, Nana Afranie Okesse IV, and the overlord of the area and the kingmakers of Abenase to ensure the determination of the dispute for the early installation of a legitimate chief for the area.