Mamfe, 13 June, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Cameroonian Catholic Priest has, in a statement, decried violence against members of the Clergy in the Central African country that is reeling under the Anglophone crisis.
In the statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, June 10, Fr. Christopher Eboka emphasizes the neutrality of the church in the protracted conflict.
The government, Fr. Eboka says, “makes a narrative to the effect that the church fuels the armed struggle while, on the other hand, the non-state actors make a narrative that reduces the Church to an ally of the government so as to justify their naivety of targeting the same Church.”
The member of the Clergy of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese adds, “The misconception that the church is a well of money has heightened the appetite of both the organized and non-organized non-state actors most of whom anonymously call and/or text Priests and religious, threatening them and making money from the faint-hearted.”
“That the Church is now the target is now a fact; otherwise, why would the Pastoral Center of Mamfe be attacked just a few days after the same Church hilariously welcomed their own who had been in custody for nine days?” poses the Cleric who serves as the Administrator of St. Joseph's Cathedral of Mamfe Diocese.