The president of the General Assembly, GA, of the Cameroon Bar Association, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, has intensified his plea that the law suits brought against catholic bishops and the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, be ended. The call from the top Bar Association official which was reechoed yesterday follows another one launched in January by him calling on the head of state to display mercy by granting general amnesty to the over 60 Anglophones arrested and detained in Yaounde and elsewhere in the country within the context of what is now being referred to as the Anglophone crisis.
Contacted to state how far he had gone with his twin campaign for the case against the Church leaders to be dropped as well as general amnesty to be granted arrested Anglophones and those who have fled the country due to the current unrest, Ntumfor Nico Halle who’s also an internationally-acclaimed peace crusader, said he has been on his kneels since the ongoing campaign began in January.
He said his concern has not only been the situation of the detainees whom he has been pleading with the head of state to pardon, but also with the religious leaders (catholic bishops, priests, Rev. sisters and PCC Moderator) who were dragged to court in April by a group that called itself the “consortium of parents whose children are in the various mission academic institutions.” “My prayer is that while the issue of general amnesty should be considered for all the Anglophone detainees, the law suits that were brought against the religious leaders should also be withdrawn…” said the revered legal consultant, before adding that “my wish is to also see that an enabling environment is created for fresh, frank dialogue to take place.”
In January, it should be recalled that Ntumfor Nico Halle, who is equally an election expert, began appealing to President Paul Biya to free all Anglophones arrested in the wake of the ongoing crisis in the North West and South West regions. He had said at the start of his campaign that: “I am doing this impartially, objectively and I don’t have any interest in it. I am doing this using peace, dialogue and the bible. I am not saying that I am perfect, but I will continue doing this, despite my human shortcomings. I will not rest. I will continue begging and praying that peace returns.”
In June, Ntumfor Nico Halle, who in May 2016 celebrated 30 years of legal practice, also came out strongly against perpetrators of what he called “generalised violence and arson attacks” that in the recent past became recurrent especially in the North West region. Reacting to the growing phenomenon of arson then in an interview granted this tabloid, Ntumfor Nico Halle, did not mince his words in denouncing authors of such acts.
The peace crusader, who has since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis, never stopped preaching the need for harmony and peaceful coexistence, also expressed profound sadness over the case of a teenage girl in Bamenda who suffered a machete attack while on her way to sit the practical session of the GCE exams. “I am deeply saddened by the situation in the North West and South West regions, but in the North West in particular. People have been taking advantage of the strike to cause a lot of trouble.
I think that peace ought to return…my prayer is that the people of the North West should be vigilant and ensure that peace returns to this region”, pleaded Barrister Nico Halle. Ntumfor Nico Halle, it would be recalled, has always been at the forefront of peace crusading in the country. He is one of the early ones who engaged in a vociferous peace campaign shortly after the Anglophone crisis broke out in the two English-speaking regions of the country. By Mua Patrick Mughe in Yaounde Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle