Afekefenui Muo Ifuoleng (Concluded)
We also hope that the Head of State is aware of his promise to the Players in the even of a victory at that match. Now that the victory did not come our way, some patriotic Cameroonians thought that life should continue and we use our resources to improve on the lives of a greater lot.
This except from the Post" "Football fans in Kumba who fasted and prayed for the Indomitable Lions to qualify for the African Nations Cup and World Cup, have called on President Paul Biya to use the money he promised the national team should they beat Egypt, to begin the tarring of the Mutengene-Kumba road." This should be extended to other parts of the country as the situation of roads is deplorable."
A few years ago, when the Head of State, His Excellency, Paul Biya in his traditional end of year address to the nation attributed the peace that reigns in Cameroon to "the sense of responsibility, the calm, and the courage of Cameroonians … without which nothing would have been possible."
(Paul Biya, CRTV 8.00pm, 31st December 2001) At that time, the devastating effects of the volcanic eruption in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo shocked the world and were fresh in every mind. Many lives were lost and many villages destroyed. The one of Mt. Cameroon simply buried a few palm trees and a few metres of road leading to Idenau.
Instead of thanking God for this, we attributed it to human wisdom and express our thanks to a cosmic body, heaven: "Thank heaven, Cameroon has, in the main, been spared". (ibid.) Can we say the destruction in Goma is because the people do not have "the sense of responsibility, the calm, and the courage? (ibid) In the most recent past, we have had the Tsunami, the Hurricane Katrina and Rita and many other natural disasters.
I already hear the quick logic students asking me whether the people of the DR Congo, Asia, New Orleans and else where do not pray as Cameroonian do. Surely, they do but God always have reasons to allow certain things to happen, if we are allowed to think as human beings. We must attribute the peace that reigns in Cameroon to the hand of God and the prayer of the Cameroonian people.
Just take a walk up to the Groto at Mvolye-Yaounde or the Catholic Cathedral premises in Douala or around the many central mosques in the most busy and business hours of the day, when the town is bustling with life and business; you will always fine people on their knees praying, most of the time the Rosary.
Those who care to read and keep the history of Cameroon without excluding the history of the Church in Cameroon will remember that the first Catholic Missionaries who arrived in Cameroon settled at Edea on the hill they later referred to as Marienberg, that is, Mary's Hill. These same missionaries dedicated the entire Cameroonian territory to Mary Queen of Apostles.
All Catholics in Cameroon celebrate this solemnity, on the 7th Sunday of Easter every year, known as "Solemnity of Mary, Queen of Apostles, principal patroness of Cameroon". On this day, special prayers are offered to God for the intention of Cameroon.
As if this is not enough, in the past few years sporadic special ecumenical and inter-religious prayer services have been organised at various Divisional Headquarters for peace to reign in Cameroon. These have been under the patronage of the Chief executive officers of the Divisions. We have no doubts that these reports always get to the presidency.
If the credit for the existence of peace and calm is usurped by "your responsibility, your calm, and your courage." Then one begins to doubt where these prayer services are ranked within the realm of the administration. It makes one feel that a culture of persistently and consistently avoiding God exists in our country.
Among the many things that give us the impression of the existence of this culture are the National Anthem and some public utterances by national figures. The National Anthem of the Republic of Cameroon is, if not the only one, among the few national anthems in the world that make no mention of God. Rather it pays tribute to ancestors and deifies the land, taking us back to the Rosicrucian cosmological thinking.
"O Cameroon thou cradle of our fathers, holy shrine…" We cannot tell exactly what we Cameroonians think of this. Could we also examine the following excerpts? " …the year we have just lived is ending in an atmosphere of uncertainty.I am referring of course to the September 11 events in the United States the consequences of which spilled over the borders of that great country. … Thank heaven, Cameroon has, in the main, been spared." (Ibid.)
If gratitude to no calamity on a country is owed to heaven, a mere cosmic body, and not to God, then questions must come up. Cameroonians pray, I tell you. Just take a walk to he various grottos at Mvolye- Yaounde, Douala and others in the country. In the midst of the bustling activities and busy streets, there is one or two people on their knees praying.
Take a visit to the various pastoral centres around the country, you will find various groups on retreat praying for various intentions, one of which is always in thanksgiving to God for the peace that reigns in Cameroon. We all need always to say, "Thank GOD, Cameroon has, in the main, been spared" of terrorist attacks and or destructive natural disasters of the Goma or New Orleans calibre.
We should depart from the Rosicrucian mentality of referring to a cosmic body and not to a living and true God.Without being a Prophet of doom, unless the Cameroon administration reinstates religion, morality and respect the place of religion and morality in the lives of people, more and more misfortunes would befall the country.
"To God be the glory, great things He has done…"