Bishop Nkou Celebrates Ruby Jubilee Amid Heavy Gunshots
Christians lie down admid heavy gunshots between military and armed groups
The Bishop of Kumbo, George Nkuo, on May 7, celebrated his 40th anniversary in the priesthood vacation despite heavy gunshots in the town.
Drawing inspiration from John 10:11, Bishop Andrew Nkea of the Bamenda Diocese, in his homily, likened his peer to a true shepherd who is ready to die for his loved ones.
While appreciating Bishop Nkuo for his steadfastness and determination to bring an end to the ongoing socio-political crisis in the country, Bishop Nkea admitted that, even though Kumbo is the epic centre of the war, he has remained beside his flock as a good shepherd.
According to Bishop Nkea, Nkuo has spent 40 years of his life bringing the commandments and teaching of God to his people and bringing the petitions of the people back to God.
“It is true that the Diocese of Kumbo remains one of the epicenter of clashes and confrontations between warring factions. It is so sad to say that many people have fled, many businesses have been closed down or relocated, some Government offices remain closed, and the town is a remnant of itself.”
“In all these conflicts and dangerous situations, the Bishop of Kumbo did not run away from his people even for a day to hide and rest. He has remained glued to his flock in Kumbo, which God has given to him as Chief Shepherd.”
“Even when some of his children treated him like sheep being taken to the slaughter and like a criminal without a crime, he did not abandon his sheep to save his life. He loves the people of Kumbo with his whole heart and he is ready to die for them and with them and, above allm he is ready to be the last man standing to tell the story that has happened to people of Kumbo,” Bishop Nkea said.
The chief celebrant, Bishop George Nkou, appreciated his flock for organising his jubilee and promised to keep on keeping on as a good shepherd. He, however, regretted the insecurity in Kumbo and called on all the warring factions to drop their arms.
“A happy priesthood is like a happy marriage and there are ups and downs, but mostly there is happiness in living this vocation. To be called out from amongst God’s priestly people to become their priest is a mystery and gifts. it’s still strange and wonderful that four decades after I began to love it,” Bishop Nkuo said.
Meanwhile, the Governor of the Northwest Region, Adolf Lele L’ Afrique, the personal representative of the Head of State, said Government is determined to end the ongoing socio-political crisis.
“The Government is determined to bring long-lasting peace in Bui Division and the whole region. No stone will be left on unturned to bring back North West and Bui to its right track. The facilitation efforts of the administrative authorities and the operation to secure the region and the division that I long started will continue and will increase to face the present situation,” the Governor said.
Concerning security situation, the regional boss regretted the enormous gunshots that animated the occasion and called on the forces of law and order, the population and administrative authorities to be courageous and that the population should increase their support to administrative authorities to end this war. “Enough is enough,” he said, ending his speech.
Despite the heavy military presence, the separatist fighters still braved the odds by confronting the Governor’s convoy. Heavy gunshots that resulted from the confrontation halted the ceremony forcing the population to lay on the ground praying for safety.
Born on January 28, 1953, in Njinikom, Boyo Division in the Archdiocese of Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon, Bishop Goerge Nkuo was ordained as a priest in 1981 and was appointed Bishop of Kumbo in 2004.
He was installed as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Kumbo on September 8, 2006. Among other things, he has been Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Education in the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (CNEC) and, in 2009, became a member of the Study Week of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Rome as well as a member of the Permanent Committee of the Cameroon Episcopal Conference.
By Amos Wirngo