By Eric Tataw – Tuesday May 28, 2019.
The regime of President Paul Biya, Cameroon’s president since 1982 now considered by almost the entire country’s population as a dictator has made an announcement for June 1, 2019, considered by many as satirical.
The government has announced in a Tuesday May 21, 2019 bulletin its Minister of Women Empowerment and Family, Abena Ondoa nee Obama Marie-Thérèse would be organizing a nationwide ecumenical prayers to bring peace in Cameroon, the Central African country that has been embattled for years now, National Telegraph has received a statement to this effect.
In the bulletin, Abena Ondoa informs Cameroonians and the International Community that women fighting for Peace, Emergence and Development would be organizing a prayer session on Saturday June 1, 2019 at the 20th May Boulevard in the country’s capital Yaounde beginning at 9 am under the theme; ” God, The Source Of Peace”
The Minister also indicated that she would like to mobilize thousands of women associations coming from all the ten regions to participate at this prayer session during which the women would contribute to the restoration of peace, consolidation of National Unity and living together in the embattled Cameroon.
Many have described the Minister’s call as satirical and hypocritical at the same time. They argue that the Minister can’t be organizing an ecumenical service in Yaounde that is relatively peaceful compared to the two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West that must have been the major reason for organizing the prayers.
Others hold that God doesn’t answer prayers when there’s no justice. The Cameroon government can’t have his military killing babies and innocent civilians in the North West and South West and is talking of prayers in Yaounde, a clergy has opined.
The country’s Prime Minister was in the two English-speaking Regions in which during his visit to Bamenda and few other parts of the North West and South West was quick to ask for a return to normalcy and for the fleeing population to come out of the bushes while at the same time, the military was killing innocent people.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings and the burning down of entire villages according to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo and just recently, The Human Rights Watch, yet, the Biya regime is resisting any call for dialogue.