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Divine Glory; the true prerequisite for leaders

5 September 2017 No Comment

By Ayuk Tobias Oru

On points of view over The Star Newspaper of August 8, 2016 under the caption Cameroon’s Leadership Headache, Benjamin Et-Nchenge did not mince words in asserting: “A comparison of Cameroon’s experience in the quest for development with the experiences of other nations in the world, provides a clear answer to the question: Why has Cameroon failed or why is Cameroon failing? The answer, poignant and direct, is that there has hardly been a steady supply of good and selfless leaders to galvanize the potentials of the country to greatness.”
Can it be said that this writer has somehow overstated his personal impression of the government? All the same, everyone is entitled to his own opinion, and one cannot actually undermine his postulate; more so as it would be absolutely difficult to waive aside the profundity of his assertion in the light of the prevailing political stalemate. Nobody can truly understand why it has taken the government over eight months to get engaged in the abatement process of the socio-cultural time-bomb which has all along been ticking against a political and economic explosion, a possible social disaster.
Leadership calls for much alertness, foresight, altruism and decision-taking. It does not only comprise of astuteness and authoritativeness, as we are made to believe. And an in-depth analogy of the ongoing crisis readily faults the nation’s leadership. The true pillars of conflict-resolution in a multi-cultural society, like ours, have been conspicuously lacking ever since the tension erupted. Rather, what we picture is nothing but an uncalled-for expression of brute force: military, judicial and political.
Thank God, we are somehow blessed to have a Head of State who is not all that moved by the disgusting hypocrisy and hackneyed disorientation of some authorities in government. Left to them, the socio-political misunderstanding should sway endlessly since it gives them the rare opportunity of making fortune from their misfeasance. Out of due mercy, be it under international pressure as presumed, President Paul Biya has freed a good number of those involved in the Anglophone Problem who had been languishing in police custody for all this long period. Many are Cameroonians who hold that the step he has taken comes a bit too late; but we must agree that it is never too late in human affairs, especially with regards to socio-cultural issues.
The President’s show of clemency on Thursday, August 31, 2017, landed on the heels of the interview granted the public media by the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma. One had all along considered him as de facto oracle of our leadership and one had believed in him, being his master’s voice, when he stated that the leaders of the Anglophone consortiums would be tried in the appropriate Court of Law for crimes committed against the state. In effect, this Presidential Decree points to the fact that the government is at variance with his presumptive, or rather presumptuous utterances. This goes further in asserting that our Minister has not been quite duty- conscious. It has all along been his place to inform the government about the heart-beats of the citizenry, and to relay back the views of the government to the general public. This has not been the case ever since the sparks of the Anglophone Problem started igniting the nation’s political atmosphere. We have all this time fed on provocatively hypocritical verbal outbursts from the very authorities whose duty it is to stem the insurrection.
It is quite disparaging to notice that most authorities, who often grant interviews to media men, seem to have allowed the demon of materialism to suppress their god-given spirit of humanism; else they would agree with the biblical view in Ecclesiastes 4:1. “So I returned, and considered all the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.” This goes without saying that the true comforter of man is God even in the presence of man. It has never been the wish of the Almighty to see the oppression of man by man; and what the Anglophones have been witnessing all these years is nothing but oppression. It is the absolute duty of the close associates of the leadership to throw light on these aspects of oppression, so that it should be abated. Unfortunately, hypocrisy and greed have been the cankerworms in their marrow and this matter has lasted so long. All the same, it should be known that wealth out of wickedness is like a mighty stream under lightning and thunder, so says the Lord.
The truth should be said that one is terrified by what one’s mind’s eye sees, in spite of the great step taken by our leader to come to terms with the leaders of the Anglophone Problem. A cursory observation of the conduct of our Anglophone parents shows that the matter is far from being over. A good number of them have withdrawn their children from school in the North-West and South-West Regions of the country and are having them admitted in the other regions. Tailors have remained redundant for almost a year now, since there are virtually no pupils attending schools. Even book-sellers and bookshops are out of business, since the demands for their articles have dropped tremendously. But above all, many are these parents who laugh to scorn the late–hour decision of the President to liberate their leaders from their unanticipated dungeons. They have merely waived off the heartening decision of our President as simply an introduction to real business. Indeed, one cannot but call on divine glory to prevail over oncoming negotiations.
The utterances of some francophone authorities in government point to the fact that we might have to grovel in dust and ashes before our Almighty if this negotiations should be peaceful and fraternal. Thank God, Cameroonians, more particularly the Anglophones, are not of a reprobate line, the children of sinners. Even if we have been foreboding social disorder and bloodshed for months now, we should never relent our effort in appealing to our God for Divine Intervention over our plight. One is not unaware of the fact that the release of our Consortium Leaders will engender in some individuals the desire to take steps beyond their legal rights. But a humble appeal goes as well to authorities in government to weigh their expressions on the balance of decorum whenever they air the views on this matter so as not to inflame the already aggrieved minds of Anglophones. Oh Lord! We ask for your divine glory for our rulers and the peace of mind for the citizenry of Cameroon. Let the solution be God’s!

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