Thursday, June 16, 2016

I am Prepared to Serve My Country in Whatever Capacity-Ta Nformi Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh

Culled from The Advocate

The President of The Fomunyoh Foundation, Ta Nformi Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh has declared that he is ready to serve his country in any capacity. The international consultant on democracy and peace made the declaration during a free and independent presentation in Buea, a meeting organized  at the private residence of a Buea based Human Rights activist and legal mind, Barrister Agbor Balla. Present to listen to the various free and independent presentations were lawyers, journalists, civil society leaders, human rights activists and refined politicians like Ben Muna.
But hopes were dashed when he (Ta Nformi Cameroon) dribbled his fans without declaring his intentions to contest in the upcoming Presidential elections. Those who thought that he was going to declare his political affiliation or candidature were taken aback. Apparently, Fomunyoh’s silence on the issue of his candidacy is yet to quell the speculation that seems to be growing leaps and bounds as 2018 draws nearer, and many Cameroonians take personal initiatives to reserve domain names, create Fomunyh fan clubs and join online groups in an effort to persuade and pressure him to step forward and get into the Presidential race.
However, in responding to questions raised in the hall in pertaining to his interest or intention towards the top job, he responded that “I am prepared to serve my country in whatever capacity”. This declaration ushered a mixed reaction giving the impression that those who turned out were not very satisfied with his responds. Ta Nformi Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh however continued by adding that “I feel I was born in this country for a purpose and any right thinking Cameroonian like me who has benefitted from the community must give back. I have found so much interest in the younger generation, despite the darkness, the sun will finally rise. There is hope that such a time will come, you can count on me to make my own contribution to build the nation and I will do that with a lot of honour”.
Harping on the democratic process in Cameroon, Ta Nformi Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh traced the historical perspective of Cameroon’s democracy as far back as 1972, then 1982, then 1992 where there was a competitive election which he believed had a point difference of 3 or 4%. He continued that he is aware of the accumulation of grievances at the time and that “we should play from the position of strength. If we project ourselves, the data would be different, we should be asking for an equal opportunity. Instead of demanding for some key ministries, we should be the ones appointing ministers”. He added that if in 1992 Ni John Fru Ndi could come close to win, then 30 years after, we should not shy away the responsibility of governing our country; we should govern not because we are Anglophones but because we are capable of doing it; that is what I mean by speaking from a position of strength”.
He also said that there is the need for the separation of power which does not allow the executive overpowering the judiciary and the legislative, decentralization and other topical issues such as the imposition of government delegates as well as individual and collective responsibilities that should be handled by the constitution.

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