Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Cardinal Tumi Condemns Old People Who Spend Eternity On Presidential Thrones

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Emeritus Arch-Bishop of the Douala Metropolitan Christian Wiyghan Tumi says he is too old to assume the role of the  interim Head of State in Cameroon  in case of transition, as he believes younger people will be more dynamic than him. 

Guest Starring on an STV Live Broadcast program of Thursday Feb. 9th 2017, the retired prelate said he was baffled at the fact that people of his age and above are still dreaming of ruling the country.

Those who say that I could run a transitional period say so because they do not know me. I know myself and all that concerns politics is not my vocation. My specialty in higher education was morality and metaphysics, philosophy. And in philosophy one seeks the objective, the truth. I am not saying that the others do not, but when you ask me a question, I tell you what is in my head. Because if I do not tell you what is in my head, I lie. Because truth is the agreement between what one thinks and what one says". The prelate said, answering the question of whether he would accept to direct a possible political transition in Cameroon.

Also questioned on whether he could mediate in the present crisis in Cameroon, the man of God replied “I doubt. There are younger people than I who can do things in this country.” The former Archbishop abhors leaders who refuse to give up power even at an advanced age.

 “Nature shows that as time passes, we naturally weaken, physically and intellectually. And I believe that our African countries must try to respect the law of nature. As we speak, the Prime Minister of Canada is 40 years old. Look at Africa. Why is it only the old men who command? This means that these old men command people, govern people they do not know anymore. They cannot speak the same language as they do. The language of young people is much more contemporary, modern.”

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