Pan African Youth Development Network Dishes Out Peace Pills To Mankon

the Peace Gathering was heavily attended

 Demonstrators with "peace plants" Nkeng during the anglophone crisis indicating the importance of peace "

The people of Mankon have been prescribed peace as the ultimate solution to the ongoing Anglophone crisis plaguing Cameroon. This was during a “peace gathering” at the Mankon Fon’s Palace Courtyard, organised by the Pan African Youth Development Network.

Abdou Karim, the main speaker at the gathering used scriptures from the Holy Bible and Quaran to justify that our problems today are because we don’t listen to God.  He classified ‘peace” into self peace, family peace and community peace, saying each inevitable leads to the other, and can be reached when we cultivate inner peace. He described “real peace” as “ not the absence of war but the presence of justice in society”

Abdou Karim, the main speaker stressed on the presence of justice as an ingredient to peace

 “You cannot be at peace when your neighbour is in pain…you have to ensure that the peace that reigns in your home should shine in your neighbour’s” he described extremist, terrorist as products of injustice, adding that when injustice, corruption, nepotism, egotism, favouritism and lack of love takes centered stage, the result is resistance, social strife, anarchy…. “One’s man terrorist is another’s freedom fighter” he added.

But all these can be avoided if love leads,  Abdou Karim advised the over 500 men, women and youths of Mankon who listened to his presentation with rapt attention.  He referred them to the sermon of Jesus Christ on the Mount as contained in the book of Mathew. He ended by calling on all, especially the privilege few to engage in acts of charity, sharing and giving which he says will go a long way to bridge the gap between the haves and have-not.  He called on all, be them Christians or Muslim to use the power of peace to confront their daily, political and religious challenges, learn to love, cultivate a culture of peace, tolerance and justice.

Bih Mande Basame, National Coordinator of the Pan African Youth Development Network-Cameroon enjoined those present to first believe in themselves, believe in peace and then they can transport and carry it to others.  Besides coming down to meet the people, Bih Mande said they are also taking the same message to the leaders and elite of the country.  The Pan African Youth Development  African Network according to her intends to hold similar “Peace Gathering” in other Fondoms in the Northwest and Southwest Regions as a means to solving the current crisis.

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