By Eric Tataw – Sunday June 2, 2019.
A group of detainees in a high security detention facility in Yaoundé, capital of the Central African country of Cameroon who call themselves Ambazonians are celebrating after the election of one of the Nera Ten to lead the Catholic Christians in jail, National Telegraph has been told.
Barrister Shufai Blaise Sevidzem Berinyuy has been elected by acclamation as President of the Catholic Community of Prison Principale Kondengui Yaoundé after Eucharistic Celebration presided at by the Diocesan Chaplain for Prisons, Archdiocese of Yaoundé, Rev Fr Ndzengue David, Sunday June 2, 2019, an inmate has confirmed.
Shufai Blaise was proposed by the Chaplain himself as best candidate and the whole congregation present unanimously acclaimed him to take over from Embolo Metogo Desire who has served the community for three years and has come to end of his prison term, our source said.
Shufai was brought up in a predominantly Catholic family. HRH Shufai Blaise is an alumni of the Bishop Rogan Minor Seminary, Buea of the 1979 Class, a source told National Telegraph.
When he was student in the then lone Yaoundé University from 1986-1990, our source said, he was member of the National Executive Bureau (Chargé de Publications) of the Young Christian Students Movement better known by its French acronym with present Archbishop of Yaoundé Mgr Jean Mbarga as National Chaplain.
Shufai Blaise is among the many English-speaking Cameroonians held in detention under the current armed conflict. He was arrested in Nera Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria on Friday January 5, 2018, among others and extradited to Cameroon where he has remained in detention till date.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.