By Clarisse WIYDORVEN
The past years have been very turbulent for the Republic of Cameroon. Since the eruption of the Anglophone crisis in the North-West and South-West regions and the Boko haram insurgency in the far North region of Cameroon, the socio-politico-economic spheres of the country have been badly shakened and has caused the country its peace and stability.
Government authorities, external stakeholders and peace crusaders have made tremendous strides to troubleshoot the crisis in the North and South-West regions (predominantly English speaking regions) with only little successes recorded. Hence, cognizance of the prevailing tension in the country and its effect on doing business, the Muslim community could not be indifferent to the socio-political crisis rocking the once peaceful nation of Cameroon.
It is therefore on this note that the Association of Young Muslim entrepreneurs in Cameroon known by its French acronym, JEMUCAM on Friday, December 20, 2019, organized a prayer session for peace and stability to return to Cameroon and most importantly to implore Allah the Great to watch over and grant a quick recovery to ailing Gabonese president Ali Bongo Odimba. The solemn ceremony took place at the grand mosque in Edea 2 municipality, graced by the sub-divisional officer for Sanaga maritime, Emille Achille Mpanda and distinct Imams of the Edea vicinity.
Peace a prerequisite for a booming economy
Addressing the event in his capacity as the President of JEMUCAM, Mr. Triyah Swebu, who doubles as C.E.O of Asset Management and Services Group, underlined the need for peace and stability to reign in Cameroon, reiterating that no economic activity flourishes without peace. Thus, peace stands as a precondition for a booming economy and for the development of any nation.
His words were in correlation with what the United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres recently said that sustainable and inclusive development is essential to fulfilling Africa’s enormous potentials. Development in all sense becomes farfetched if peace does not reign.
JEMUCAM Stands with President Ali Bongo of Gabon
The health situation of President Ali Bongo Odimba of Gabon has deteriorated in recent times after he suffered a stroke in October 2018. The ailing leader is, however, undergoing treatment. In solidarity with the Muslim president, the Cameroon based Young Muslim Leaders Association, JEMUCAM offered an intercessory prayer led by Imam Sani Mahammad, invoking the Almighty Allah to grant President Bongo quick recovery and good health, to enable him to serve his people with strength and zest.
Addressing the media on the importance of this intercessory prayer session, JEMUCAM President Triyah Swebu noted ”the particular reason we are praying for the president of the Republic of Gabon is because we are children, sons and daughters of the Central African sub-region and Muslim at the same time, thus we rally with the Gabonese president who is a Muslim through our prayers. Fraternity has no boundaries.”
”President Ali Bongo is the son of the sub-region and also the son of the President of the Republic of Cameroon H.E. President Paul Biya, this brotherhood makes trade flourish well between the two nations,” he added.
WHAT IS JEMUCAM?
The JEMUCAM is an association that works for the consolidation of trade, peace, development and well-being of young Muslim entrepreneurs in Cameroon. The newly created association has been operating for just less than six months and boasts of a membership capacity of about one hundred (100).
JEMUCAM is a platform that brings Muslim businesses together and also stands as a forum for economic discussions or business networking between Muslim business magnates.
Through their businesses, they contribute their own quotas to nation-building by boosting trade and tackling youth unemployment, which is very common in contemporary Cameroon and Africa in general.