Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Cameroon have called for immediate an immediate end to killings, restraint, and dialogue, saying urgent mediation is the only way out of the crisis stalemating the Northwest and Southwest Regions of the country. The caution of the clergymen contained in a “Cry of the Bishops” Communiqué signed by their President, Archbishop Samuel Kleda recently.
Reiterating that Cameroonians are brothers and sisters, regardless of their Regions of origin, the Bishops, pleaded that the paths of dialogue, reconciliation, justice and peace should be retraced as a matter of urgency, for a speedy return to normalcy.
The Prelates, confessed to be feeling the pinch of the socio-political crisis which has since 2016 been rocking the English speaking Regions of the country. They have stood with them reassuring the victims of violence of their spiritual support.
It should be noted that it is one of several times the Bishops are drawing attention to the irreparable damages caused by the crisis. They have repeatedly noted with dismay that the predicament jeopardizes the lives of people and property, threatens security as well as social cohesion.
Many pundits have, however, been questioning who shoulders the responsibility to initiate dialogue and who is fit or not to sit at the dialogue table.
By Claudia Nsono