Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, humbly knelt before the Ga Mantse King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II and the Paramount Chiefs of the Ga Traditional Council at a durbar held at the Ga Mantse Palace in Accra to ask for forgiveness. The gesture was in relation to his earlier comments on allegations that he had connived with the government to sell lands at Agbogboloshie.
Henry Quartey had earlier threatened to sue and demand four million cedis in damages over the allegations. However, following an apology from the Ga Dangme youth group, he decided to seek forgiveness from the Ga Mantse for his previous comments in their presence.
During the durbar, which was held to receive the Director-General for UNESCO – H.E. Audrey Azoulay, Henry Quartey used the opportunity to apologize to the Ga Mantse and Council. He expressed his regret for the earlier comments and asked for forgiveness.
Nii Adote Otintor II, the Sempe Mantse who spoke on behalf of the Ga Traditional Council, accepted Henry Quartey’s apology, stating that they have forgiven him for his actions.
The actions of Henry Quartey have been commended by numerous people, who believe that his willingness to seek forgiveness shows his humility and respect for traditional authority. It is hoped that this will foster better relations between the government and traditional leaders in the Greater Accra Region.
For the most part, the incident highlights the importance of traditional authority in Ghanaian society and the need for government officials to respect the culture and customs of the people they serve. It also underscores the need for dialogue and mutual understanding between government officials and traditional leaders to promote harmony and development in local communities.
Source: Ghana Guardian