By Mua Patrick Mughe in Yaounde
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rt Rev Fonki Samuel Forba, has expressed outrage over the killing of women and children in the locality of Ngarbuh, Ndu sub division of the North West region.
In a message, the prelate insisted the military option wouldn’t help resolve the ongoing armed conflict which has already claimed thousands of lives, according to credible organisations.
“We out rightly condemn the killing of children, women and entire household in Ngarbuh – Ntumbaw,” Rev Fonki said in the message before decrying “We equally denounce the ungodly act of burning a PCC house of worship at Mbufung – Bali”.
The Moderator was blunt: “Once more, it has proven to us that military might or violence is not the solution to this problem”
“An insincere route to peace, half measures, lack of good will, a general insensitivity to the pain of God’s people, the hate speech and violence perpetrated by armed separatists, an extremely poor governance and selfish politics continues to fuel this crisis,” he added.
“Can we not implement in full all the proposals of the Grand National Dialogue?” Rev Fonki questioned rhetorically adding ,“in this circumstance, the role of External Mediators just like before has become urgent and expedient”.
“We have failed as a people to protect God’s children, surely God is vexed and we must repent as a nation,” Rev Fonki who is also President Council of Protestant Churches in Cameroon said further.
Meanwhile, in a similar outing earlier, the Executive President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, the Rev Ncham Godwill, had condemned the killings describing it as regrettable.
He said CBC church lost 11 of its members due to the killings in the North West region, five of whom were kids.
While declaring the period spanning February 24 to March 1st as prayer days for victims of the crisis, Rev. Dr Ncham Godwill announced that “the CBC calls on all God’s people to stay away from what would aggravate the already painful situation and to remain commuted to the cause of Christ.”
For his part, the Archbishop of the metropolitan diocese of Douala, Samuel Kleda, challenged authorities in the country to shoulder their responsibility and protect the lives of Cameroonians.
He has expressed deep disappointment following the killings in Ngarbuh village in Donga Mantung division of the North West region.
In a release addressed to all Catholic Christians in the metropolitan diocese of Douala; His Lordship Samuel Kleda quotes the Lord’s 5th commandment in the Holy Bible which says “Thou shall not kill”. He said God instituted the sacredness of human life and therefore should not be taken for granted.