Can. 394(1) “A bishop is to foster various forms of the apostolate in the diocese and is to take care that in the entire diocese, or in its particular districts, all the works of the apostolate are coordinated under his direction…”
The Bishop is the proprietor of schools, colleges and universities within his jurisdiction, and everything is coordinated “under his direction.” The Bishops of the Ecclesiastical province just issued a letter telling the government they did not close any schools.
Ivo Tapang and Bareta’s holy hostility against ‘unbelievers’ of the Anglophone cause is troubling and shocking. Their over reach and over zealousness shows their structured ignorance of the direction of this struggle.
Let me remind them again. The Anglophone struggle is against the government and elites who have and enjoy political power. It is against the forces of law and order and the police who militarize and brutalize our citizens. It is for a two-state Federation. It is for the release of all Anglophones locked up in jails with no due process. It is against CRTV that propagates lies, and it is for the restoration of the internet in our zone. The reason why I supported Dr. Agbor Nkongho was because he articulated these issues in the most succinct, clear and non-violent manner. He did not attack people even when they disagreed with him. He always repeated that he did not have the monopoly of knowledge and solicited advice to strengthen the struggle. He knew all anglophones did not support the struggle, but was ready to persist in his belief. That is why I joined this struggle. I contributed as an intellectual with my vast knowledge in political science and Law. I articulated the problems and solutions, but never advocating for Biya or the Betis who do not support us to be killed or harassed. This is the struggle I know and subscribed to.
On the other hand, we have Mark and Ivo who have taken malicious pleasure in calling people out, obtuse, implanting suspicion and mindless intolerance against those who disagree with them as un-anglophone. The Barestic and Tankustic Dictum have become the order of the day. "If you do not follow what we say, you will be lynched or martyred." The competitiveness for public attention has become the hallmark of so-called piety in our society, leading to obscene advancement of self-declared seers of the future, who trigger off and feed upond the anxieties of their fellow human beings.
Tankustic Dictum: “ Rev. Fr. George Nkeze and Fr. Sop should respect themselves. Let them know that atheist are in the struggle and will stop at nothing just to exact justice or revenge on them in anyway.” He adds: “ Do they want to become young martyrs? This is clearly a call to violence against them. If you had only read the Canon Law, you would have known the truth. The Bishops themselves said they never closed their schools, and so calling for teachers and students to return does not mean they will return. The government and Governor of the South West Region tried and failed.
Such atavism towards the Lex Talionis is troubling and should be condemned with vehemence. Our struggle is being used to settle political scores, and This costly spasm of intolerance and prophetic impudence will seek to derail the overall prize Anglophones have been fighting for months.
I also want to caution both of you in this struggle- structured ignorance and holy frenzy are not part of a peaceful civil disobedience. The force of the argument and not the argument of force wins the day. When you respond to people with a sense of elevation and entitlement, you are overloading that cauldron which might explode.
Lastly, I want to assure you that anyone born of an Anglophone parent is an Anglophone. Bassa Anglos, Bamileke Anglos are our brothers. To look at a person’s last name and castigate and harass them goes against our Anglophone blood stream. It means we are not any different from the regime we are fighting.
Let us avoid being petty in this struggle.
As posted by Walters kimah on his Facebook page.