In a statement that was read out by clergy in all Presbyterian churches across Cameroon during service on Sunday the 15th of October 2017, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, the Rt Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba proposed a way forward in the Anglophone Crisis, which turned violent recently.
It is an official statement of the Presbyterian Church on the prevailing socio political situation in Cameroon and a call for pastoral care.
In the statement the moderator reminds that the PCC believes in dialogue, sincere dialogue, peace with justice and truth as the keys for peaceful living and social cohesion.
He added that “the PCC arrogates to herself the onerous responsibility to form an inclusive platform with other church leaders to approach the government of Cameroon for a mediatory role between them and the representatives of the Anglophone community.”
He added that the PCC calls for school resumption, the end of ghost towns (country Sundays)…
“On going back to school in particular, “let us remember one book, one pen, one child, one teacher can change the world” (Malala Yousafzi – Pakistani Education Activist).”
The continuous maltreatment of citizens and the militarization of the two regions
Rev. Fonki rebuked the presence of the army… “since the constitutional provision of a state of emergency has not been invoked, the militarization of the Northwest and Southwest Regions and the perpetuity of violence by the military and some civilians is illegal.”
Reminding the government about the effects of militarization, he said “such actions further create fear, mistrust, suspicion and obliterate remote opportunities for peace and reconciliation. The government of the Republic of Cameroon needs to be reminded that one cannot contain a social and political consciousness by military force.”
The legitimacy of the Anglophone Consciousness
The man of God highlighted the significance of October 1st 1961, which saw the coming together of two sovereign peoples on October 1, 1961, and seems to be burried.
“The deliberate deleting of the Anglophone culture, dignity and values amongst many other intentional political manipulations from the Plebiscite (February 11, 1961) to the Foumban Conference (May 20, 1972) are attempts to hide a historical fact.”