Friday, 20 May 2016

Cardinal Tumi pictured celebrating 20th May at Kumbo Municipal Stadium (photos)

National Day is a holiday in Cameroon celebrated on 20 May. On the 20th of May 1972, in a national referendum Cameroonians voted for a unitary state as opposed to the existing federal state. The United Nations Trust Territory known as French Cameroun achieved independence from France on 1 January 1960, and British Southern Cameroons changed status from a Trusteeship under British administration to a federated state within Cameroon on 1 October 1961. 
Christian Cardinal Tumi has always been an ardent critic of the Biya regime. He has always shed light on the marginalisation of Anglophones and he once stated in an interview that should Anglophones be given another opportunity, they will vote to leave the illegal union. 

The Cardinal in the past has condemned the celebration of 20th May as it does not represent the true historical facts. However, questioning Tumi as to why he takes part in some of those public activities that seemed to violate Anglophones historical and cultural heritage, he responded;
" I always go there so that the press may ask me few questions and this could be the right opportunity to shed light on some historical facts".
Should religious authorities stay clear from this or join the government in celebrating an illegality? How does the presence of the Cardinal there help to showcase his positions in the light of Anglophone marginalisation?

photo credit: BaretaNews

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