Opinion leaders in Cameroon are all agreed that the path to peace is only through a National Dialogue.
Most of them, political leaders and persons of authority state that, making a diagnoses of the problem and proposing solutions around the same table is the most credible way of restoring peace.
Christian Cardinal Tumi, one of the most outspoken on the ongoing crisis says it is a laudable initiative on the part of the president.
“Paul Biya has announced the national dialogue, I am happy. We have always called for a national meeting to solve the problems of the North West and South West regions.”
To skeptics, the man of God stated,
“Let’s give dialogue a chance. We must go to this dialogue with intellectual honesty and no one has the monopoly of seeking the solution to current crisis. We must all love our country.”
Joshua Osih Vice President of the Social Democratic Front party holds that dialogue is in line with what the SDF party has always proposed.
“It’s been a couple of years that the SDF has been waiting for a dialogue to be called by the powers that be. Now that the dialogue has been called, we are waiting to see what it looks like, see what is on the table and see what is has to offer. We are ready to give all our good assistance to make sure that this situation in the North West and South West is brought back to normal.”
Cabral Libii, President of the Cameroon Party for National Reconciliation reacted positively to President Biya’s announcement of a Grand National Dialogue without exclusion.
“We are hoping that the Prime Minister will hint us very soon on the exact date of the dialogue, we are waiting for the naming of representatives of the actors who will participate in this debate. At the Cameroon Party for National Reconciliation, we will give our proposals whether we are invited or not.”
The President of the Alliance for Democracy and Development party Garga Haman Adji is equally upbeat.
He thinks the National Dialogue called by the Head of State will help reshape the socio-political and economic outlook of the country.
Cameroon’s political class remains hopeful. Most of its members state that, if the National Dialogue holds and resolutions well implemented, three years of untold hardship witnessed in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon could be something of the past.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie