The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has counselled inter and intra tribal unity as well as harmonious co-existence among all settler tribal groups in Asanteman.
He said the peaceful co-existence was crucial for the promotion of peace and development in the communities, in which they lived.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, gave the advice when a delegation of Bassare chiefs and elders, paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia palace, to congratulate him on his 20th anniversary celebration, as the 16th occupant of the golden stool.
He said Asanteman had become more cosmopolitan, with people of different ethnic origins – both Ghana and beyond, living peacefully with the indigenes, within its boundaries.
The Asantehene praised the Bassares, an ethnic group from Northern Ghana, for their contributions towards the development of Asanteman and said their hard work had helped to ensure food security, not only in the Ashanti Region, but Ghana as a whole.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu said the doors of the Manhyia Palace was open to all people, with useful suggestions and contributions, that would help promote the speedy development of Asanteman.
Commending them for their support and respect for him over the years, the king said the decision to interact with him during such a momentous occasion, demonstrated their continued support and reverence for the golden stool.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu directed the Bassares in Ashanti, to immediately nominate a chief and present him to the Manhyia palace, to receive his blessings to serve the golden stool.
Alhaji Mahama Gawu, who led the delegation said Bassares regarded themselves as part of the Asante kingdom and that was why they continued to show greater respect to chiefs and co-existed peacefully with other people in their various communities.
The delegation presented sheep, foodstuffs, assorted drinks, white cola nuts and an undisclosed amount of money, to support the celebrations.