Honor and Loyalty : 52nd National Day : Cameroon intends to remain a united and peaceful country

Cameroon is a peaceful country and intends to remain so. The mere fact of declaring this places our country, if not in opposition, at least out of step with the prevailing warmongering, a trend fuelled by the resurgence of hegemonic ambitions, some subtle or devious, others convoluted and outrageous.


Indeed, given its status as the leading economic power in the Central African sub-region, it would have seemed normal and even natural for it to arrogate to itself the right to control the policies of the countries in this zone, which it would regard as its sphere of influence, its vital space, in which it would assume responsibility for protecting unilaterally defined interests. It’s an attitude that is in perfect compliance with the canons of a certain geopolitics; that of rivalry, with its corollaries of competition and confrontation.


On the contrary, by including the adjective “peaceful” in the theme of this 52nd National Day, our country is certainly expressing to the world its desire for development, which also involves prosperity, but within the purview of good understanding with all.


Strange as it may seem at a time when selfish antagonisms are on the rise, Cameroon’s state of mind is not dictated by fear because of a lack of capacity, nor by despair because of the memory of a past misfortune.


The preference of Cameroon and Cameroonians for peace stems from realising that it is more beneficial to invest one’s energies and resources in acquiring and developing potential than to sacrifice these energies and resources in disastrous expeditions aimed at domination and monopolisation. Moreover, our country has been so richly endowed by nature that there is no need to resort to internal conflicts or wars of conquest to ensure our prosperity. Where necessary, cooperation with a fair division of labour is the rule.

However, our conciliatory efforts, both ontological and logical, cannot bring about a blissful enjoyment of the much hoped for and always elusive dividends of peace. Living in peace requires each of us to contribute our share of fraternity and moderation in our daily relationships. Living in peace commits each of us to contribute intellectually and technically to the achievement of shared prosperity, a task that must be repeated again and again. Living in peace also means always having in mind that we are all ambassadors and defenders of our Fatherland, wherever we may be.


There is no better sign of this than Unity. It is unity that will enable us to serenely enjoy the fruits of our labour in this land of glorious opportunities. Better than arms, it is Unity that will unite and multiply our forces in the face of adversity, especially in the face of the confrontations that lie ahead. For a united people is an invincible people.

Navy Capitain Cyrille Serge ATONFACK GUEMO

Head of Communication Division MINDEF

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