Honor and Loyalty : Africa: Peace and Unity conditions for development

Like the conference held from November 1884 to February 1885 in Berlin, which consecrated the partition of Africa between the European powers; Like the conference held from February 4 to 11, 1945 in the seaside town of Yalta in Crimea and which aimed, amongst other objectives to guarantee the stability of the new planetary order at the end of the Second World War. The world once again, experiences one of those moments of feverish solemnity that the context of its occurrence and the impact on the future goes down in history. It is the meeting on June 16 in Geneva between the President of the United States of America and his Russian counterpart. A summit meeting arrived earlier than expected by the appointed experts in international relations.

Let us remember that shortly before this meeting, the two protagonists had indeed engaged in an unbearable stage game made of sarcastic statements and aggressive postures at various points on the planet. An area of turbulence that the major media agencies methodically undertook to spread over the entire earth, shaking in the background, the ghost of devastation that would not fail to befall nations resistant to the ideas of a change, which from experience continues to cause more misfortune than it brings happiness.

In a way and subject to ideological inclinations, these threatening prediction news agencies were not wrong, as the recent Geneva talks sought to iron out differences over the extent of spheres of influence of each of the super-big claims ownership. A prospect of sharing that is sure to have a negative influence on the future of the weakest nations, as there are on our continent. Because once again, the race for power is likely to come at the expense of an Africa subjected to all kinds of divergent tensions aimed at its crumbling, at the time of the great regroupings of Nation-States.

How in such a context will our continent be able to have a say, if it consists only of a string of territorial micro-concessions administered by multinationals? How in such a context our country Cameroon, which we want to emerge in a term, which is approaching at full speed, will be able to achieve its ambition, if we persist in denying it the most crucial of the assets of which it has the most need, namely national cohesion, the first foundation of power?

Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO Head of Communication Division - MINDEF

All these years spent tearing us apart, should allow us to apprehend the silliness and the dangerousness of thecauses without a future, because superficial, artificial and devoid of substance, which will have been praised to us, under the fallacious pretext of coloured revolutions, revolutions which will quickly turn into bloodbaths and seas of torment. Blessed bread for necrophagous corporations, too happy to help themselves generously on the plight of our populations.

This horrible cycle will only end if we all agree to do so. Numerous examples from here and elsewhere remind us that constructive dialogue is possible even between the most conflicting of enemies. We are not. Our internal dissensions, our intimate frustrations, our legitimate questions, will certainly find timely answers in a peaceful national framework. It is therefore time and even more than time, to rediscover the paths of reason, common sense, and fraternity.

The cohesion of our people, the strength of our traditions, the richness of our soil, our desire for emancipation through knowledge, this is what, in order of importance, will earn us esteem and respectability in the concert of nations.

Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO

Head of Communication Division - MINDEF