Most of our people have lost trust in us, the elites. But I tell you, what I have come to realize is that the Church and most especially the Catholic Church and the priests are the only people those people back home trust.
Let me give you an example. We created a sanctuary in my village Nguti with the present archbishop of Bamenda who was then the bishop of Mamfe diocese. This sanctuary was inaugurated at the heart of this crisis and Nguti – my village – is at the heart of the forest and we have a junction where all the people come and gather to sell.
On that day there were over three thousand people at that sanctuary, and I tell you there was no disturbance. Everybody who went there left without any scratch and to my greatest surprise, the “amba” boys [separatist fighters] were there in their numbers and at the end of the Mass, they went to the bishop and asked for rosaries, asked for bibles and some of them even disclosed their identities. What can you say? Is that not God working? Even the few “amba” boys who wanted to cause trouble, the priest went and met them when no other person could go there. I am giving you an example of the trust and the strength of the Catholic Church. I lived it.
That is the force of the Church; that is the force of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Men Association, we have gone to all those places hit by crises to pray and we have never had any major incident.
So what I am trying to say, the Catholic Church has a role, people have confidence in the Catholic Church.