By Chifu Edward - Any right thinking Cameroonian can not dispute the fact that Cameroon is morally bankrupt and plagued by political and economic problems caused by mismanagement of state funds. People without probity and consciences have taken advantage of the Head of State’s leniency and looted the economy. Most Cameroonians live below poverty level and dying in their numbers due to inadequate health logistics.
Cameroon by virtue of its location and rich natural resources is suppose to be the bread basket of Africa but unfortunately we craved to be recognized as the poorest country in the universe to solicit aid from the western countries who inversely have grown rich from our resources.
Until the churches go back to the drawing board, embark on their traditional role of moral education and vulgarize crusade against corruption, Cameroon will continue crawling under the colonial dictate for economic survival. The West enjoys impoverishing Africa so we would remain subservient to their selfish expansionist colonial policies.
For Africa and Cameroon in particular to rebuild the falling economy, main stream churches should come together and denounce corruption in all its forms. Statesmen who loot the economy should not be allowed to corrupt the pastors or take prominent positions in churches. Rev. Fathers, Pastors alike should refrain from hypocrisy and corruption so that their flock can adhere to gospel and their dogma.
It is on this premise that the move taken by the renowned Northwest peace crusader Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle to create a Christian Synergy for the fight against corruption was highly solemnized by positive thinkers. As a staunch admirer of John F. Kennedy who inculcated the spirit of patriotism in Americans by urging them to first “Ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do for your country”, so instead of asking question why only now, why Barrister Ntumfor Nico Halle etc,main stream churches should rather be reflecting on how to harness the idea to save the nation from crawling economy and breeding political tension.
The chicken change Cameroonians earn as salaries is not enough following increasing cost of living orchestrated by corruption. There are strong signals of a serious economic crisis. Cameroon has been deceived by the West to privatize all sources of revenue. Moreover, the wanton exploitation of the forest and other natural resources by the western world posse a serious threat to the future of this Nation as far as its economic, political and social life is concerned. Only prayers will help this country. Cameroonians should pray for peace, pray for the head of state to twist the colonial grip partly responsible for the falling economy.
Although funny economic projections have been made by government that portrays Cameroon as waxing strong the economy is dwindling. How can the country be waxing strong and the national budget drops by 50 billions? “You can deceive some people some times but you can’t deceive all people all the time,” Bob Marley holds.
Sunday October 17 saw glimpses of the birth of Christian Anti Corruption Synergy under the auspices of the three main stream churches .The Catholic, Presbyterian and the Baptist .The conclave convened by Barrister Ntumfor Nico Halle was aimed at laying the foundation for the formation of Christian Anti Corruption Synergy to complement government’s strife to put the economy on rails.
Ntumfor blamed the economic deadlock and disturbing rate of misappropriation on moral decadence and indifference of the church in state matters. To him, churches are compliments of the state and should not be lukewarm in issues of the state that plunge the society into chaos. .In this regard, the church can not be indifferent to such ills that have eaten deep into the fabric of the society.
To the unrestrained behavior like fraud, blackmail, back stabbing, slander, mudslinging plaguing the nation, main stream churches should vulgarize its traditional responsibility of moral education and denounce even church leaders who preach virtue and practice vice.
“Until we start by cleaning ourselves, then can we cleanse others,” he said.
Participants who were still brainstorming on the format it should take shall be expected to come out with a blue print when they next meet on Sunday January 2011 at Ntamulung Church Center Bamenda. “You need not fear if you stand for the truth and only the truth shall set you free”.
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