Retired Cameroonian football striker, Samuel Eto’o Fils, speaking on the lingering crisis in the North West and South West regions, has urged Cameroonians to give peace a chance.
He made the call for peace during a visit to the Equinoxe Media Group in Douala, February 19.
According to him, this is the time for Cameroonians to demonstrate their strength in ensuring living-together; “a concept which they have often preached to other countries”.
Apart from the crisis in the North West and South West regions, the former captain of the Indomitable Lions equally hoped that peace returns to the Far North region which is being plagued by Boko Haram insurgencies.
“Our beautiful country is going through difficult times and my biggest dream is that our hearts will calm down. This is the time where living-together needs to be demonstrated,” he said. He added that: “Cameroon is a special country that belongs to us all. We are not perfect, starting from me. But I would really like our hearts to be appeased and that we come back to better terms”.
The icon has equally promised to pay a visit to the crisis-hit North West, South West are Far North regions of the country.Samuel Eto’o’s call for peace, it should be said, comes after the Ngarbuh Massacre which is said to have claimed the lives of several children and pregnant women.It is worth mentioning that the football icon arrived in Cameroon, for the draw of the upcoming African Nations Championship, CHAN, which took place February 17 in Yaounde.Samuel Eto’o, it should be recalled, had been attacked by an angry fan who claimed the African football icon, who doubles as the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Ambassador, had remained silent despite the brutal killings in the North West and South West regions.
The football icon in 2018 after a meeting with the Minister of Secondary Education was supposed to go down to the restive regions to champion the back-to-school campaign.With the move, the government intended to use the footballer’s popularity to bring things to normal in the two regions which have been paralysed for close to three years with the ongoing Anglophone crisis.