Updated: Oct 6, 2020
The Asante-Akyem North District Chief Executive (DCE), Francis Oti Boateng, has said that the demonstration to sack Fulani herdsmen in the community was useless and unnecessary.
Speaking at grand durbar of chiefs and traditional leaders of the Agogo traditional area to mark the maiden edition of the Golden Plantain festival, the DCE said instead of the agitated farmers to extend their demonstration to Fulani herdsmen in the forest, they were demonstrating in the town which didn’t yield any fruit.
“When NPP was voted into power in 2017, there was an impasse between Fulani Herdsman and residents in farming communities in the Agogo area. The protracted conflict in some cases resulted in violent clashes and sometimes death, but instead of the demonstrators to march to the forest to express their displeasure, they were at “Russia Park” demonstrating while nomadic Fulani herdsmen who have been terrorising inhabitants of the area in the forest, DCE said.
The comments from the DCE didn’t go well with some of the chiefs, Residents and the former Member of Parliament for the Asante Akyem North Constituency, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, who occasionally demonstrated against Fulani herdsmen to be sacked from the community.
Speaking to some of the chiefs and Residents, they were peeved about the comments from DCE and they described such comments as unfortunate and a recipe for the destruction of the peace and unity among in the community, and hence called on him to retract his statement.
Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, who led most of the farmers to demonstrate against Fulani herdsmen, also asked the DCE to apologise for the purportedly unsavory comments.
“Does Oti Boateng sleep on pillow at all, does he have advisors who sits him down and give him guidance? The people of Agogo deserves an apology from him, but I don’t blame him, he should thank the soldiers who sacrificed their lives that purported the defense minister to flee their choppers and troops here to come and battle these ugly menace”, he said.
The Fulani herders over the years have been accused of several atrocities in the area, mainly destruction of property and farmlands belonging to indigenes, who are mostly farmers. The nomads had also been accused of robbery and rape.