Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO Head of Communication Division - MINDEF

Honor and Loyalty : SECURITY IN CAMEROON: obedience to the law is the beginning of wisdom

Courage is not about invading others, it is facing embarrassment at home. This sentence of an 18th century moralist takes on its full meaning when reading the wave of reactions provoked by the tragedy that occurred on Thursday October 14, 2021, in the city of Buea South-West, Region.

While the families were seriously affected by the news of the brutal disappearance of their children and the Nation as a whole submerged in emotion and dismay, there were however strange and curious conflicts in the recital protests.

It turns out that between the legitimate resentment, the vigorous disapproval and the sincere compassion, will have sneaked hypocritical speeches whose tinsel of virtue displayed did not help to mask the evil of the spirit.

Carried by opinion-makers of all spheres, recycled by malicious people behind the anonymity of the social networks, the counterfeit narratives, unfounded accusations and inflammatory statements shone with their dangerous bias, deception and superficiality.

None of these novice wizards with sudden vocations of fearless awakening of conscience, arsonists of media platforms, had the courage to note that the tragedy unanimously deplored, was in reality the result of a disrespect of the law on the one hand and an abuse of authority on the other.

No one among these rectifiers of wrongs to remind the people that true freedom lies in obeying the laws that we have given ourselves.

Otherwise, how many accidents on our roads, how many cyber or pedocriminal acts, how many crimes and acts of violence of all kinds would we have spared, if instead of seeking to base one's reputation on the misfortune of his fellow citizens, they were made aware of

So, rather than take liberties with the truth in our covetous denunciations against the State, it would have been courageous to warn us against the seeds of a catastrophe, which each of us carries, whether we are a civilian or a soldier.

For all in all, obedience to the law is the beginning of wisdom. It is also a civic attitude, which can save us many headaches.

To all those who prematurely left the cradles of our ancestors to the land beyond, the Defence and Security Forces and the entire nation explore and sympathize.

Navy Captain,

ATONFACK GUEMO Head of Communication Division - MINDEF