The Royal Bretuo family of Aketenchie, a division of Ahanta Traditional Council and Paramount family of Bamianko in the Western Region of Ghana want the mortal remains of their royal, the late Mrs. Margaret Joyce Nicol-Sey as Ghanaian customs and traditions demand buried in her homeland.
Mr. David Anthony Nicol-Sey who is the son of the late Mrs. Margaret Joyce Nicol-Sey whose maiden name was Margaret Joyce Cromwell disclosed this to the media.
Lamenting on the issue, Anthony Nicol-Sey said her mother, Mrs. Margaret Joyce Nicol-Sey is a sister to Nana Eben Ayeboafo XIII, Divisional Chief of Aketenchie in the Ahanta Traditional Area in the region.
“It is customarily appropriate that the mortal remains of the late Mrs. Margaret Nicol-Sey be given a befitting royal burial in her hometown in Ghana and that is all the family is asking for”, he said.
He added that, “It’s completely unacceptable for their mother, a royal for that matter to be buried overseas whiles tradition and cultural values demands her mortal remains be repatriated home for a befitting burial”.
Meanwhile, the royal families of Aketenchie and Bamianko, led by President of the Ahanta Traditional Council, a former Council of State Member, Otumfuo Baidoo Bonsoe XV and Omahene of Gwira Traditional Area, Awulae Angama Tu-Agyan II have equally written to the British Embassy in Ghana and in the United Kingdom to halt any attempt and arrangement by anybody or group of persons to bury their sister in UK since that is against their cultural values.
“It is the desire of our last sister to be laid-to-rest at home beside her forefathers as custom demands and we the royal families of Aketenchie and Bamianko together with our Omanhene, Otumfuo Baidoo Bonsoe XV is ever ready to bear any cost in bringing the mortal remains of our beloved sister back home for burial”, they said.
In a statement to British Embassy both in Ghana and UK sighted by the media, the family is asking the British government to help facilitate the process of bringing the mortal remains of Mrs. Margaret Niucol-Sey to Ghana.
In a related development, the Western Regional Coordinating Council in a letter signed by the Regional Minister Kwabene Okyere Darko Mensah has also put forward a request through the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affires and Regional Integration as well as the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to aid them bring back home the remains of Mrs. Margaret Niucol-Sey.