Buea, 14 March, 2022 / 9:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Buea Diocese in Cameroon is lamenting the protracted controversies in the administration of the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) and affiliate institutions despite attempts to bring about normalcy, including that of the Vatican.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Sunday, March 13, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi says the administration he dismissed is to blame for the continued controversies, and that some disgruntled members have “aimed at undermining (his) decisions”.
Controversies at CUIB started in June 2020 when Bishop Bibi, then Apostolic Administrator of Buea Diocese, made changes at the Catholic institution by appointing Professor Victor Julius Ngoh as Vice Chancellor, a position previously held by Fr. George Nkeze Jingwa.
Members of the University Council disapproved of the administrative change and dragged Bishop Bibi to court.
In his March 13 statement, Bishop Bibi bemoans the fact since June 2020, “sadly still, up to this moment, some of the members of the then Administration of CUIB have resorted to diverse means aimed at undermining the decisions I made, and in the process, they have created confusion in the minds of God's people and people of good will in the Diocese of Buea and beyond.”