The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, has called on the national and international community to stop the violence perpetrated on the people of Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon saying “enough is enough”.
In a two-page document signed by PCC Moderator, R+t Rev. Samuel Fonki Forba, on January 21, the church stated that “… as an institution of God, and in keeping with our prophetic voice; we strongly condemn the perpetrators of these acts of violence on God’s people and fellow compatriots of the Northwest and Southwest Regions.”
The release elaborated on the recent burning of houses and killings in the two Regions which, it says, the military and armed groups are responsible for, describing it as barbaric and inhumane.
“We have had reports and graphic images of barbaric and inhuman acts such as gunshots, killing, colossal and collateral destruction of property through the burning of houses in some localities and villages in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon viz: Babubock and Eyandong in Kupe Muanenguba; Ku-Bome in Mbengwi; Mbiame in Bui; Mbenjom in Awing; Guzang in Batibo; Bali-Kumbat in Ngoketunjia; Buabua and Kimbi Rivers in Bum. Fingers are pointing at the military, armed fighters, and herdsmen, particularly in the Bum area, for these acts of brutality and dehumanisation” the document reads in part.
The Moderator also bemoaned the arrest of a PCC-ordained Pastor who, he said, was taken from his compound in Bali-Nyonga after church service.
“This Pastor was brutalised, incarcerated, later released and hospitalised. These acts of barbarity and inhumanity violate the sacredness of human life and are sacrilegious to the worship of God,” he lamented.
These inhuman actions, the Moderator added, contradict and relatively lay waste the resolutions and the spirit of goodwill underneath the Grand National Dialogue. And for that, “we strongly condemn the perpetrators of these acts of violence on God’s people and fellow compatriots of the Northwest and Southwest Regions.”
The Church also tasked, the Cameroon Government, saying it “must now show mastery of the situation on the ground and increased determination to implement the resolutions of the Grand National Dialogue in a way that will precipitate cessation of violence, a sense of justice and a peaceful atmosphere.”
In that light, the PCC categorically stated that; “violence or military might is not the way out of this crisis.”
Decrying the inhumane atrocities ongoing in Anglophone Cameroon, Rt Rev Forba said: “Enough is enough, stop this violence, stop killing God’s children and stop destroying the earth, it does not advance any good and does not legitimise any course, neither does it progress human civilisation”
He equally prayed that justice and peace should be given a chance so that the continuous flow of blood can be spared.