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Cardinal Tumi gives his position in a book: “If we had accepted dialogue, if we had not suppressed federation, we could have avoided this”

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  • The prelate has just published a book in which he takes a stand in the crisis shaking the English Northwest and South West of the country.

Always so present! Aged 87 since October 15, 2017, Cardinal Christian Tumi continues to make his voice heard in the hot topics of national news. On the subject of the Anglophone crisis, the archbishop emeritus of Douala gave his position in “Libres propos d’un visionnaire“, the book he has just published at Veritas.

In its edition of October 24, 2017, La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) informs that it is about a book interview of 294 pages. It contains interviews that the prelate has given for almost 15 years to LNE and the Catholic weekly, L’Effort Camerounais. “The first part brings together fourteen chapters and deals with the pastor’s social and ecclesial gaze. The second part brings together six chapters and concerns the political and economic vision of the pastor, ” one reads.

It is therefore in the second part of the book that the man of God gives his position on the Anglophone crisis. Extracts are published by LNE.

Everything is possible ! If we had accepted the dialogue, if we had not suppressed the federation, and this unilaterally, we would not have provoked the youth who are now fighting for the separation of the English-speaking part of the country. A youth that was not yet born at the time of independence! (…) I would opt for the federation in this country. A federation is not a bad thing. I believe in federalism. Our country was already there. But because of economic interests that do not benefit average Cameroonians at all, we have not given a chance to this political experiment that has proven itself elsewhere, says Cardinal Tumi.

The prelate says the crisis continues because of

lack of dialogue. We have to listen to them and try to find out what they want. We must privilege dialogue. When we talk, we solve a lot of problems. The problem is that we did not create a dialogue forum. It’s hard to admit secession. Federalism is possible! The experience of the federation is interesting throughout the world. The best example is the United States with elected governors, says the man of God.

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