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Bar GA president says only justice, equity can resolve Anglophone crisis

Ntumfor Nico Halle (L) with colleagues at Military Tribunal February 3,2017 © Menchum Voice

Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, President of the General Assembly, of the Cameroon Bar Association, has said justice and equity must reign for the current Anglophone crisis to be laid to rest for once and for all.

“I have always insisted that for sustainable peace to happen, there must be justice and equity. Those are the conditions under which peace can be sustainable” he said in an interview on February 10.

The international legal consultant and philanthropist, who has for over two and a half months now not spoken to the media on the ongoing crisis in the North West and South West regions, stated that “it was also imperative for us to turn to God in genuine and fervent prayer if we must seek a way out of the current impasse.

“The Anglophone problem has been here for long and there is need for direction from the Holy Spirit and from God. In moments like this, it is very important for us to be prayerful because without God, we’ll not be able to succeed on our own. We should be guided by wisdom and desist from insults and invectives that can only blow things out of proportion.”

Ntumfor Nico Halle quizzed on why he had not commented publicly in the last couple of weeks about the current crisis rocking Anglophone regions, he retorted: “There are several people all over the nation who have called me to ask what you are asking now. They have been finding out what I am doing and how far I have gone with my peace crusading and why I am not talking. I have told them that the peace broker that I am, in the midst of such a situation, would not be going around talking about what he is doing when he has not found common ground yet.”

The former national president of the Christian Men Fellowship, CMF, of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, added: “I have been talking to so many parties and I don’t want to disclose my strategy which can compromise the peace crusading I have been doing at all levels. I have been carrying out my role but very quietly in order also not to fuel an already ominous situation.”

Nico Halle, above every other effort so far made in breaking the deadlock of the present crisis, also maintained “My prayer is that God should guide Cameroon, a peace-loving, law-abiding and God-fearing nation. God should guide all of us to be responsible and have a win-win dialogue and I am very convinced that Cameroon will come out of all of these crises a stronger nation. We have learnt from our mistakes and whether you like it or not, the Anglophone problem would have been solved for the most part. God should give the powers that be wisdom so that we can solve this problem in peace. I love peace, harmony and oneness.”

Nico Halle who also said he’s apolitical, it would be recalled, has since the start of the current crisis, ensured that he makes his voice heard about how to get out of it. He has in past media outings called for genuine and frank dialogue between the aggrieved parties and government.

“Frank, honest and genuine dialogue, meaningful and sustainable peace, are a corollary of love, justice and equity. If these were to be implemented, peace will return to Cameroon and Cameroon will be a better nation” he said. Meanwhile, the elections expert answered present at the Yaounde military tribunal on February 13, to show solidarity with the arrested consortium leaders facing trial.

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