By Joe Dinga Pefok
The former Secretary General of the Southwest Elite Association, SWELA, Napoleon Besong Nyake, who hails from Kupe Muanenguba Division, has urged elites of the Division to all rally behind one of theirs, Prof Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, who, in the September 22 cabinet reshuffle, was appointed Minister of Forests and Wildlife.
Nyake, who made the call in a chat with The Post in Douala on September 25, said the appointment of Ngolle Ngolle as a full-fledged Minister, after serving as Minister of Special Duties for several years, is a pride to Kupe Muaneguba Division in particular and the Southwest Province in general.
He explained that it is an obligation for Kupe Muanenguba elites - at home and abroad - to more than ever before nurture a spirit of solidarity and unity of purpose, in support of the Minister so that Ngolle Ngolle can succeed in his exalting mission.
The erstwhile SWELA scribe vehemently condemned the attitude of some elite who are spending time trying to backstab one of theirs who has just been appointed to such a high post of responsibility.
He noted that petition writing, blackmail or scheming to destroy a brother in a post of responsibility out of jealousy or for whatever reason, is not only a vicious act, but mean as well.
As for the appointment of Ngolle Ngolle, Nyake regretted that some little minds or detractors are already saying that his appointment as Minister of Forests and Wildlife, is a way out for him.
These detractors, Nyake said, are even talking of when he would be sacked from Government. Nyake, however, recalled that, when Prof Ngolle Ngolle was Minister of Special Duties, the same detractors had sworn he would never rise to a full-fledged Minister.
Nyake, who would not say if the detractors are natives of Kupe Muanenguba Division, stated that the appointment of a Minister is the discretion of President Biya.
Reiterating the need for all Kupe Muanenguba elite to rally in support of their brother in Government, Nyake stressed that they must, together, strive to make positive use of this opportunity that President Biya has given the Division.
"Even if our brother happens to err, as is likely to happen to any human being once in a while, it is for our interest to correct him. We should strive to think positively. Negative criticisms will not take us anywhere".
Nyake appealed to all Kupe Muanenguba sons and daughters to bury whatever differences they might have and "all rally behind our brother in Government for the interest of our beloved Division."
Compensation For Loyalty
Meanwhile, rejoicing at the September 22 appointment of Prof Ngolle Ngolle, Nyake expressed the conviction that Ngolle Ngolle's appointment was a compensation for his loyal services to the President, Government and the State, over the years. "It is indisputable that Prof Ngolle Ngolle has, all along, been very consistent in his services".
At another level, Nyake saw the appointment as compensation to Kupe Muanenguba Division, for its loyalty both to the CPDM, the party in power, as well as loyalty to State institutions. He pointed out that election results, over the years, have established the fact that Kupe Muanenguba Division is a CPDM strong hold.
Nyake, who, with other elite from Kupe Muanenguba, rushed to Yaounde, after the September 22 appointment, to congratulate Ngolle Ngolle, said the entire Kupe Muanenguba is very grateful to President Biya for the precious gift of a full-fledged ministerial post to their Division.
Well Wishers Jam Ngolle Ngolle's Residence
The Post gathered that several Yaounde based Kupe Muanenguba sons and daughters, in a spontaneous reaction to the appointment of Prof Ngolle Ngolle, swarmed his residence at 'Quartier General', on that September 22, to rejoice as well as reaffirm their solidarity with their kinsman.
Some of the Kupe Muanenguba elite, who were spotted rejoicing and merry making, at Ngolle Ngolle's residence that evening included Hon Albert Ngome Kome (former Minister), Chief Justice Epuli, Prof Charles Epie Alobwede, Prof Paul Ndue, Paul Eulong, among many others.
A number of friends and well wishers, who hail from other parts of the country joined the celebration, among them, several personalities like Dr Peter Abety (former Minister and current GCE Board Chairman) and Victor Arrey Mengot, the newly appointed Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency.
On his part, Walter Messumbe, Ngolle Ngolle's Private Secretary, told The Post that, the September 22 appointment is, indisputably, a reward for his selfless service to the nation.
He was full of praises for Prof Ngolle Ngolle's "strong spirit of hard work, patriotism, tolerance, understanding, duty consciousness, patience, peace, sacrifice and love for humanity.