By Kesah Princely, In Bamenda
Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda have lauded the efforts of Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya, in the organisation of a resent dialogue to resolve the ongoing Anglophone armed conflict.
Speaking on behalf of the church leaders on Radio Evangelium on Wednesday October 9, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Bamenda Archdiocese, His Lordship, Micheal Bibi revealed that the men of God had often entreated the government to convene such a national dialogue that would bring back peace to the two crisis ravaged Anglophone minority Regions.
“Now that the president has held a dialogue to solve the crisis, we hope that the resolutions that were handed to him and those not discussed in the convention will be fully implemented,” he said.
On September 10 this year, the country’s long-time leader, Paul Biya, announced a grand national dialogue aimed at bringing to an end the Ambazonian war of independence which is nearing it’s third year.
The said dialogue, as TWIF NEWS had earlier reported, took place from September 30 to October 4, with some resolutions taken and forwarded to the presidency of the republic for approval and implementation. Amongst other decisions taken during the Yaounde gathering were; the granting of a special status to the North West and South West regions, promotion of bilingualism and multi culturalism, and the fostering of the spirit of living together in a descentralised Cameroon.
Barely one week after the conference, His Lordship Michael Bibi says that the regime is on the right path towards bringing the imbroglio to a peaceful end, citing the release of 333 Anglophone prisoners.
“Those who are not guilty should be set free while the guilty be punished,” the man of God unequivocally intimated.
It is unclear why the Roman Catholic Church leaders recently changed their stance of demanding Federalism as a way of putting an end to the ongoing tension. Bishops from the Bamenda Ecclesiastical province, excluding that of Buea attended the grand national dialogue.
Since the inception of the deteriorating crisis in 2016, the bishops, on several occasions, suggested that the state should tackle the problem by granting a two state federation as was the case from 1961 to 1972.
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