The Bishops of Cameroon under the canopy of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NEC) have raised fresh worries on the ongoing Anglophone Crisis that has been rocking the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon for the past two years.
The worries are expressed in a press release dated Wednesday, May 16, 2018, signed by the National Episcopal Conference President and Archbishop of the Douala Archdiocese, His Grace Samuel Kleda.
In the press release titled: A Distress Cry from the Bishops of Cameroon and addressed to all Cameroonians and men and women of good will, the Prelates write: We, the Bishops of Cameroon, united in accord, and are once again confronted by the socio-political crisis that prevails in the two Regions of the North-West and South-West of Cameroon.”
The Chief Shepherds of Cameroon decried the fact that, since October 2016, “the North-West and South-West Regions have been passing through difficult times, marked by inhuman, blind and monstrous violence, and a radicalisation position which leaves us worried. We stand in solidarity and we are in pain with all the victims of this violence and we are praying for them.”
The Bishops recalled that in their previous message to all the strata of the Cameroonian society and all the diplomatic and international missions accredited to the country, they drew the attention of all and sundry to the crisis, which they said, jeopardises the lives of the people and their property and threatens security and social cohesion.
“In the name of God the Almighty Father, we address this cry of distress to all Cameroonians. Let us put an end to all forms of violence and stop killing one another. We are all brothers and sisters, let us retrace the path of dialogue, reconciliation, justice and peace,” the Bishops stated.
The Prelates asserted that mediation is more than ever before needed to end this plague ravaging the country.
“We, the Bishops of Cameroon, think that mediation is now more urgent in order to come out of the Crisis. Please, spare our country, Cameroon, from a useless and senseless civil war”, the Bishops pleaded.