“Mafors” Call For Return To Peace In NW and SW Regions

“We the Queen Mothers (Mafors) of the North West region deplore and condemn in the strongest terms the constant killing of our children since the escalation of the crisis in our beloved anglophone regions” read a statement presented by Judith Yah Achidi (General Manager of CAMTEL).

The Queen Mothers rallied at the Bamenda Ceremonial Ground Commercial Avenue on Thursday December 24, 2020 to denounce the rampant and senseless killings that has become a common feature in the crisis.

“Last December 13, HRH Chief Ngala Ikome of Dibanda in Fako Subdivision…was gruesomely killed in captivity” the statement continued, further citing other cases like in Ngarbu, the killing of Comfort Tamusang in Muyuka, Florence Ayafor in Santa and the assassination of students in Kumba on October 24th amongst many unreported killings.

The women carried placards denouncing the killings

The Mafors said their coming together was “to mourn and express” their “indignation and deep pain and to say never again,”

The Mafors she continued “yearn for peace. Drop the guns and stop the violence.
As queen mothers we don’t know discrimination. We are mothers and are bound to protect the lives of our offspring.
Our offspring have been dying in their numbers because of this violence and we come to cry that the killings should stop.”

Other women at the event carried placards with different massages.

“We are tired of mourning, We need pens not bullets, Our children deserve the right to education, Stop the killings, We want peace” read some of the messages.

The women pleaded with the belligerents to drop their guns and for peace to return to the region as before. The crisis according some UN estimates has claimed over 3000 lives with hundred of thousand internally displaced with others in Nigeria as refugees.

By Abongwa Fozo

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