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Diversity is our greatest strength-Joshua Osih

Joshua Osih received in Banyo (c)All rights reserved

“Using the phrase “the strength of our diversity” is not just a slogan but rather a key element of my political manifesto”, SDF Presidential hopeful, Joshua Osih has said.

Excerpt of his explanation below:

Our country is recognized worldwide as Africa in miniature. Our climate, landscape, cultures and cuisine among many others, are a source of envy of many other countries. Everyone feels at home in our land, and whatever the country of origin in Africa, each finds a little of his or her home here.

Our country is recognized worldwide as Africa in miniature. Our climate, landscape, cultures and cuisine among many others, are a source of envy of many other countries. Everyone feels at home in our land, and whatever the country of origin in Africa, each finds a little of his or her home here.

The Cameroon that I know, that I have crisscrossed since my youth and whose many cultures I know and appreciate, cannot continue to tolerate fact that her children consider themselves anything other than children of the same blood, whatever their ethnic background.

Our National diversity is without contradiction our GREATEST STRENGTH. At the level of nations, to be Africa in miniature means a reference on living together, of friendship, integration and talents. We have the power and the ability to become this powerful and radiant Nation that will reclaim its place in the concert of the nations.

My Presidential term will be executed with due cognizance of this diversity, such that no Cameroonian will ever have to feel excluded, insulted, judged based on his or her ethnicity. To achieve this, I will need your help, and I do not doubt your willingness to accomplish this goal. Here are some of the actions planned to put our motherland back at the center of our actions, taking full advantage of our diversity:

  • Remove all ethnic references in our administrative and civil status documents. Indeed, for the State, a Cameroonian should simply be a Cameroonian. No other consideration should prevail;
  • • Institutionalize biannual meetings between the President of the Republic and the nation, including private sector actors and civilians. How can we govern with efficiency if we do not constantly know the opinion of the people?
  • • Create an assembly of traditional leaders. However, to be a traditional chief will no longer be compatible with any political function. For sure, this assembly of the traditional leaders will allow us to establish conversation channel with these wise men, guardians of traditional power and its spiritual essence. This is an important symbol of our diversity and we cannot do without it.

Making the most of our diversity will also depend on the place we dedicate to our original culture. In a country of 250 nations, it is important to able to draw inspiration from this source of diversity to create a strong and empowered Africa. To promote these cultures, some key actions are planned:

• Giving priority to Cameroonian and African culture in the educational system.

• Setting up a NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN in charge of identifying, recognizing, researching, validating and promoting the original, traditional, authentic and indigenous African knowledge systems. This institute will enable the transformation and accelerated advancement of our society based on our own traditions and our African heritage.

All of this is an illustration of my absolute will to create a nation that is proud of its past, proud of its men, proud of its differences and fully convinced that it draws all its strength from its diversity.

If you empower me on October 7th, I will give to Cameroonians their FATHERLAND. Indeed a Fatherland where everyone has a place and contributes to its development.



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