Interviewed by Ireneaus Chia Chongwain
Following the repeated killing of priests in Cameroon many people have been asking why security is not being tightened around priests. To find out more on this concern, L'Effort Camerounais had a chat with the Archbishop of Douala, Christian Cardinal Tumi, who examines the issue in greater detail. Excerpts:
Your Eminence, has Douala Archdiocese a security plan for its priests?
The archdiocese has no security plan for its priests. They do not need it.
Why do they not need it when priests are repeatedly murdered in Cameroon?
Are they the only ones being murdered? The ordinary Christian has no security as well. A priest should identify himself with the people to whom he is sent?
Many of the killings of priests have taken place in the Centre Province. Has the Church found any reason(s) why this area is of interest to assassins?
It is not the Church, but the State to look for the reasons. Those who are killed are first and foremost Cameroonians. There have been inquiries, but we have never had any results. Why?
Has the Church reached out to the government to find out why the findings of the various investigations have not been made public?
Yes, the archbishop concerned had done that. I know that the late Archbishop Jean Zoa met the government. At the time he said if the government wanted the truth to be known, it would be known. It was Archbishop Jean Zoa who said that.
This far, has the situation changed?
Nothing! Interviewed by Ireneaus Chia Chongwain