Special Message from 'United Support for Peace' (NGO) to the Youth of Cameroon
Fellow youth of Cameroon, October 1st, 2015 the nation will be celebrating Unification Day to mark the anniversary of British Southern Cameroons' independence from the United Kingdom and unification with French Cameroun. But these celebrations will not be the same as previous ones because the unity and independence of Cameroon are under attack by extremist elements.
|Dr. David Makongo|
On behalf therefore, of USP and in my personal name, I wish you all Cameroonian youth happy celebrations inspired by patriotism and a spirit of national unity to overcome adversity.
Let me recall that in the last one year, Cameroon’s way of life and Cameroon’s peace and stability enjoyed and envied by everyone under the steady leadership of President Paul Biya have come under vicious attacks in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims are old men and young women, young boys and old women, families and friends, hawkers and cattle farmers, foreigners, civilians and soldiers. Hundreds of lives are being ended by barbaric, despicable acts of terror.
The enemy in this war is making use of the youth ranging from those who can carry guns and bullets to those who can conduct suicide bombings and try to justify it on unemployment and underdevelopment. No. In a civilized society like Cameroon, there can be no justification for the beheadings. There can be no justification for ending the lives of teenage boys and girls in suicide bombings. There can be no justification for raping women. This is not the cure for unemployment and underdevelopment. It is the curse for idleness and laziness.
Hate him or like him, this war is not against President Biya whose primary responsibility as President is to keep Cameroon safe. This is a war against freedom from fear and freedom of movement. This war is against civilization and all the people of Cameroon. It is therefore, irresponsible that at the most trying times in the history of this nation some Cameroonians instead of organizing public parades in support of the young men and women putting their lives on the line to keep everyone safe, they have gone so low as to choose to parade placards on foreign capital cities inviting and inciting foreign nations to help them remove President Biya from power. You don’t build a glass house and aim stones. There is nothing bad with Cameroon that cannot be fixed with what is good with Cameroon.
In the midst of this war, the enthusiasm and imagination, the courage and support of the youth is very vital for the nation right now and for everyone having relatives or business ties in the country. USP is therefore, calling on the youth of Cameroon where ever you may be, at home or abroad to celebrate reunification day with a sense of purpose and a spirit of patriotism.
This is the moment when the Cameroonian youth living within or beyond the shores of the fatherland must rededicate yourselves to our shared commitments to Cameroon as agents of peace and national integration and rededicate yourselves to our shared commitments as ambassadors of global integration to overcome terrorism. For the mayhem terrorist inflict when they strike knows no boundaries between Christians and Muslims, boys and girl, men or women, black or white.
This is the moment when the Cameroonian youth must unite strongly behind the President of the Republic, Paul Biya and our brave men and women in uniform to defend, protect and preserve peace and stability in Cameroon.
This is the moment that must crown the youth of Cameroon with a spirit of national unity, grant every Cameroonians child the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in him or her in order to overcome fear and violence in Cameroon.
This is the moment that the Cameroon youth must come together, Christians and Muslims alike and bow down in prayers for all those who grieve and for our falling soldier and the young boys and girls whose world has been ended and for all whose sense of peace, safety and security has been threatened. Let them be comforted by a power even higher than that of our voices of unity and our weapons of defense spoken in the words of Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
I wish you all Cameroonian youth happy celebrations marking reunification, inspired by a spirit of national unity and patriotism to overcome adversity.
Done in USA this September 26, 2015
Signed: Dr. David Makongo (Founder & President, United Support for Peace NGO)
Editor's Note: Dr. David Makongo is a Cameroonian resident in the USA. Dr.Makongo is an Expert Negotiator,and mining/ petroleum international lawyer.Before leaving for the USA many years ago,he was a noted member of the ruling CPDM.