Cross River State Governor, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade has hailed the Republic of Cameroon’s commitment in the fight against terrorism.
Governor Ayade made this known in a goodwill message on the occasion of the 47th Anniversary celebration of National Unity of the Republic of Cameroon, organized by the Cameroonian Consulate, held recently (20th May, 2019) at the Venetian Arena, Murtala Muhammed Highway, Calabar.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong, said Africa, in spite of its diversity, shares a common humanity and brotherhood.
Governor Ayade expressed delight in the choice of the 2019 anniversary’s theme – ‘Unity in Diversity’ – which he maintained, has brought Africans to terms with recalibrating Africa to its pride of place in the comity of continents.
The Governor said his administration has been on the forefront of re-telling the African story through its internationally acclaimed Calabar Carnival International Festival, adding that Africans must begin to see themselves as equal to other races and equip themselves to compete internationally in every human endeavour.
The State number one citizen further stated that Cross River accomodates more than 30,000 refugees from Cameroun who enjoy amazing hospitality from their hosts as attested to by the Country Director, UN Committee on Refugees in the spirit of seamless Africanism.
The Gov congratulated His Excellency, President Paul Biya on his victory at the polls and wished the Republic of Cameroon many fruitful years of peaceful existence.
In his speech, the Cameroon Consul to Calabar, Mr. Onana Patrice thanked Cross River State, as her host, for its hospitability, especially during the recent refugee crisis in Cameroon.
Mr. Patrice reminded Cameroonians that there is no meaningful development without peace and unity, which had given rise to the theme of this year’s anniversary celebration, pointing out that “unity in diversity constitutes a major access to achieve an emerging Cameroon by 2035.”
The Consul also noted that the diversity of the Cameroon nation should serve as a source wealth and not a yardstick for separatism, conveying the Cameroonian Head of State’s (Paul Biya) message of “mutual forgiveness,” as “the only strategy to achieve lasting peace in Cameroon.”
The event climaxed with the cutting of the commemorative cake to mark the Cameroon’s 47th anniversary and a minute silence in memory of security forces of Nigeria and Cameroon who lost their lives while fighting against terrorism, defending the unity and integrity of their collective nations and civilians killed by separatists in the duel between northwest and southern regions of Cameroon.