By Amindeh Blaise Atabong, January 26, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – Archbishop Emeritus of Douala, Christian Tumi has called renewed genuine dialogue to resolve the ongoing Anglophone crisis.
“Violence and repression cannot solve anything.” Tumi said, wondering when the tensions will subside if things continue to go the way they are, the Archbishop Emeritus said there is need for fresh frank dialogue because Anglophones too are Cameroonians.
“Everyone has something to say, it’s good to listen to them. There is nobody who likes this country more than the other. Even if others prefer federalism, which we are talking about, it is good to look at what is better for all. Silencing dissenting voices is not the solution,” the prelate posited.
Cardinal Tumi told RFI there will always be extremists in any struggle, but “majority of Anglophones prefer federalism and not separation.”
Contrary to what Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma, Bakary said, “No to federalism, no to secession,” Tumi was categorical that federalism won’t cause any division in the country. Noting that federalism won’t be peculiar to Cameroon as it is succeeding progressively well in other countries across the world, he said the present system breads corruption in every fabric of national life.
Reacting to Tumi’s interview on RFI yesterday, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Communication Minister and Government Spokesman, said the Government will not accept anything that has to compromise the form of the state. “No to federalism and no to secession, according to the law,” Tchiroma reiterated.
He claimed the crackdown on Anglophone agitators, torture on civilians and internet shutdown in the North West and South West Regions were not any form of repression. He said the Cameroon Government, like other Governments in the world took such measures to restore order in the face of “violence,” as “Cameroon is a state of law.”
It should be recalled in October 2016, Samuel Kleda, Archbishop of Douala and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon called on President Paul Biya to relinquish power before the 2018 Presidential Election is due.
In making the demand, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Douala, also asserted that a new wind of change that carries with it a revolutionary cleansing flavour will soon blow over the national territory to bring a change of leadership in the country.