The Bishop of Mamfe also recommended the formation of a “truth and reconciliation commission,” which, he said, is important because “both sides have committed all sorts of atrocities and it is not just easy to throw a blanket over it and move on.”
The formed commission, in his considered view, “will go round to help the soldiers and help the boys (Amba Boys) to confess some of the things that they have done and ask for pardon so that we can have a holistic approach to this search for peace in Cameroon.”
Speaking about the September 30 – October 4 National Dialogue that was held to propose solutions to the Anglophone crisis, the Bishop urged the government not to relent its effort to reach out to those who did not attend.
“I think very strongly that the government should not relent in its efforts to get emissaries to the people in the diaspora who did not come,” the Prelate said and added, “We can’t just say, they did not come to the dialogue, we are going ahead. Those people have influence on the ground.”
He sought to understand the possible justification for those who declined participation in the National Dialogue saying, “Maybe this was not the forum of dialogue they want. Nothing can stop us from moving to the form of dialogue which will involve them as long as peace returns to the country.”
According to Bishop Nkea, “the (National) Dialogue was not a solution to the Anglophone problem,” but the “recommendations at the dialogue necessitate further meetings” to find solutions to the violence.
He proposes spiritual purification in his country because “people have done horrible things in the name of protecting themselves, in the name of immunity to bullets.”
“There is a lot of demonism that came out of all this struggle,” Bishop Nkea said and concluded in reference to the parties in conflict, “We need a lot of purification spiritually, on both sides.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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