Cardinal Tumi Confirms that All Anglophone Conference is going ahead as Planned: Just on a Future Date

FB_IMG_1533927095149Despite some initial challenges and reservations expressed within some quarters, Christian Cardinal Tumi has today confirmed that the All Anglophone Conference is going ahead as planned. However, instead of taking place on 29th and 30th August as initially scheduled, the event will take place on 21st and 22nd November 2018.  This, the organisers say, is to ensure adequate preparations.

In a Press Release following a meeting that took place today in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon, the retired cardinal expressed satisfaction at how plans were going towards the realisation of the conference. He also confirmed that there has been overwhelming support from across Cameroon.

It is hoped that this conference will start the discussions that could lead to a peaceful resolution of the Anglophone Crisis. The current phase of the crisis, which began in 2016, has been the bloodiest since the two Cameroons came together in 1961.

Below is copy of the full Statement by the Cardinal.

PRESS RELEASE

The Conveners of the Anglophone General Conference (AGC) met in Douala on Wednesday, 8th August 2018, to review the situation and identify the necessary actions to be taken towards the holding of a successful AGC. They noted with deep satisfaction that the Government welcomed the initiative while expressing reservations on some requests that were addressed to it. They appreciated the enthusiasm with which Cameroonians of all the ten regions and all political leanings at home and abroad received the announcement of the forthcoming conference, while taking cognizance of the scepticism, doubt and hostility expressed by some voices. They re-affirmed their determination to pursue, as politically neutral servants of God concerned solely with the welfare of the people, this initiative which is intended to lay the ground for finding a peaceful and lasting solution to the Anglophone crisis and for a return to normal life in the Northwest and Southwest regions.

The Conveners reviewed the various tasks to be accomplished in preparation for the conference and to ensure that this important gathering of the people of the Southwest and Northwest regions achieves its noble objectives. They concluded that more time would be needed to prepare for the conference. They, therefore, decided to postpone the holding of the Anglophone General Conference in Buea, initially scheduled for 29th and 30th August, to the 21st and 22nd November 2018.

The Conveners call upon the people of the Northwest and Southwest regions, wherever they may be, to continue preparations for their Individual attendance and effective participation in the conference. They invite all Cameroonians to pray daily to the Almighty God for the success of this conference and for the early return of peace and harmony to the two Anglophone regions.

+ Christian Cardinal Tumi

Douala, 8th August, 2018

For further information, contact:
Dr. Simon Munzu, Spokesperson, College of Conveners (e-mail: anyopeuh@yahoo. co.uk; tel: +237695256460); or
Mr. Elie Smith, Head of Communications (e-mail: eliesmith@yahoo.com; tel: +237 699108387)

 

UNHCR Takes Action to Increase the Misery of Anglophone Refugees in Nigeria: Stops Ayah Foundation

It is not news that the international community has been doing very little to end the bloodshed in Cameroon which has resulted in thousands of Anglophones killed and many more to flee to Nigeria. What seems to be news is that the United Nations High commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria appears to be actively engaged in making the plight of refugees worse.

When Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and many others were abducted in Nigeria, on January 5 2018, many people went to the UNHCR for some answers. The argument was that those abducted were refugees in Nigeria and  repatriating them to Cameroon was a violation of their Convention Rights. The UNHCR at the time released conflicting information, one of which claimed their representatives were in contact with the abducted persons, whom they claimed were still in Nigeria.

It turned out later that this was false, as the Cameroon minister for Communication confirmed in a Press Conference that those abducted had actually been taken to Cameroon. No official condemnation of the Biya Regime’s actions came from the UNHCR at the time and over 8 months later, there is still no clear indication on what might have happened to all those taken from Nigeria.

To add salt to injury, the UNHCR has today prevented the Ayah Foundation from delivering mich-needed humanitarian assistance to the refugees in Nigeria.

In a statement released by Ayah Ayah Abine, the Director of the Foundation, the UNHCR asked them to seek permission from Abuja.  This came as a surprise given that the said foundation has been one of the very few that has been consistent In their support of  the injured, internally displaced persons and refugees across the border.

The Ayah Foundation confirms that this visit is the 5th in 7 months to Nigeria. They also confirm that the only time in the past when they have faced difficulties had been when the Cameroon government tried to stop them from going in to Nigeria, a situation which they overcame when the regime came under severe criticisms.

The question worth answering is what exactly is the UNHCR afraid of? Could it be that the work of the Ayah Foundation is exposing their weaknesses as an international relief agency? Could it be because the Ayah Foundation has been doing more to document the actual living conditions of the refugees than the UNHCR? Or may be it is because the UNHCR has colluded with the Regime in Yaounde to ensure that Biya’s plans of exterminating Anglophones is successful.

Whatever the case, the UNHCR has once again shown that most international community organs are totally useless in performing the basic functions they were created to realise.