The death of Cameroon’s first an lone Cardinal, Christian Tumi dominated front pages on Monday, April 5.
The prelate passed away on the night of Friday breaking Saturday in Douala at the age of 91, leading to an outpour of tributes across the board.
The press was not left in the cue with the national bilingual daily, Cameroon Tribune describing the man of God as a venerated apostle of peace. The paper dedicates four pages to revisit the life of the prelate as well as tributes across the country.
Its sister publication, Cameroon Insider equally focuses in the tributes paid by the entire nation, describing the prelate as irreplaceable.
On its part, the lone English-language daily, The Guardian Post, says Cardinal Tumi’s death represents a broken bridge between the Anglophones and Francophones as the prelate had always preached of national reconciliation.
On its part, The Post Newspaper describes him as an apostle of peace and justice and further mentioned that he refused to be evacuated to receive medical attention, insisting he wanted to die at his residence.
Such was the magnitude of the man that the Buea-based newspaper captured tributes from various denominations.
Christian Cardinal Tumi,”Primus inter pares (the first among equals) prelate delivers last homily,” said The Voice newspaper that also captured tributes from political actors notably Maurice Kamto who called on Biya to end the Anglophone war as a way of honouring Tumi.
The chronicle times on its part glorifies Cardinal Tumi by presenting the A-Z of the retired Archbishop who had several run-ins with the Biya regime when he was alive. The paper didn’t miss a parting shot between the two as it describes what “Tumi said about Biya before dying”.
Difficult to talk about Tumi without mentioning Biya or other political figures who have shaped Cameroon’s future as Newswatch compiled a series of tributes from political actors like Maurice Kamto, Cabral Libii, Ni John Fru Ndi but regretted Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has stayed mute since the tragic event.
The Median describes Cardinal Tumi’s death as the fall of a Baobab while The Star tried to make a connection between his death and Good Friday.
As the nation bids farewell to Cardinal Tumi, Legideon wants him to be remembered as a man who “leaves behind (a) rich legacy of service to God (and the) nation”.
He will certainly have no regrets leaving this world after he “lived a fulfilled life” as captured by Municipal Updates.