How President Biya’s soldiers invaded a Catholic hospital in Kumbo terrorizing patients

Continued violence in Cameroon threatens sisters

Aug 12, 2020
by Gloria Wirba

Cameroon has been in conflict since 2016 as English-speaking separatists in the Northwest (“Amba boys”) seek to divide the country into two separate countries. The new English-speaking country would be called Ambazonia.

The separatists feel that the Northwest region has never had fair and just representation at the government level. Since 2016, the national government has been sending soldiers to subdue the separatists, but this has led to extreme violence between the soldiers and the freedom fighters. It is the people who suffer, as both sides accuse them of being loyal to the other side — like the African proverb: When the lion and the elephant fight, the grass suffers.

It was June 30, 2020, about 3:00 p.m. in Shisong, Cameroon. I was standing on the balcony of the convent infirmary when I saw people running towards the nearby St. Elizabeth’s Catholic General Hospital and Cardiac Center operated by my congregation, the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis. I could feel the panic and understood immediately that the military was coming.

After about 10 minutes, the crowd intensified and I saw armed soldiers in full and frightful combat attire running towards the general ward of the hospital. Three women coming towards them were ordered to stop and sit on the ground, while another soldier fired three shots into the air. Three of the soldiers jumped the embankment that separated the hospital from the road, and ran towards the hospital. However, the nurses on duty, although traumatized by the gunshots, had the presence of mind to lock the ward doors to protect the patients.

The soldiers fiercely kicked open the doors and entered with guns drawn, pointing them at the critically ill patients with tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. Directly behind this ward was the isolation space for COVID-19 patients. At the time of this brutal attack, the district medical officer for Kumbo East and his team were at the School of Health Sciences, just a few feet from the general ward, screening for COVID-19 infections.

Still on the balcony, I saw another group of military exiting the female and gynecological wards, accompanied by Sr. Helen Anshoma, cardiologist and director of the hospital, and three boys. One youth was a bike taxi driver I had called to take one of the sisters to Nkar, a nearby town. The second was coming to see his sick father. I could not identify the third. It wasn’t clear what was happening so I rushed down to see. On the way I called the senior divisional officer to inform him that the military had attacked the hospital.

As I neared the operating ward, a soldier standing outside was calmly explaining to the sisters that five Amba boys had attacked them in Jakiri. The soldiers had wounded them but they escaped. Now the soldiers had come to find them. They were questioning one boy waiting outside. He claimed he had rushed to the hospital after being wounded by a stray military bullet when riding his bike to Vekovi, a small town further on.

I saw another boy waiting for treatment in the hospital. A group of about 10 soldiers were forcing themselves into the surgical unit, despite the sisters’ pleas to take their guns and leave. The commander barged into where an emergency operation was in progress. He was certain that the patient was one of the Amba boy attackers — but left after seeing it was not.

While shouting, the commander came towards me with a gun and said, “I can shoot you.”

The soldiers followed their commander outside, still shouting at the nurses and patients. Outside they continued shouting at the sisters: “You liars, thieves, prostitutes, are you not ashamed? We have seen today that you are really treating Amba boys. We will teach you a lesson today. You say that you pray. What type of prayer? We will destroy you all and this entire village.”

While shouting, the commander came towards me with a gun and said, “I can shoot you.” I screamed out of fright and tried to call the senior district officer. When he realized I was on my phone, he began shouting the same threats. His behavior incited four others who joined him, speaking arrogantly in English and French and acting brutal and wild. After much pleading on our part, they finally let us escort them through the gynecological and female wards to the gate, all the while shouting and threatening to shoot us.

At the gate the commander accused the sister hospital director of being the leader of this group of thieves, liars and prostitutes, and promised to return the next day to make her and the group pay. One of the sisters shouted: “This is our leader and I cannot permit you to talk to her this way.” He repeated the threats: “I can shoot you, thief, liar, rubbish. We are taking these three boys with us. If you try to prevent it, we will kill them. They will be locked up in the brigade until they tell us the truth.” Then, they left.

This was not the first time the military have come here. They come constantly in search of Amba fighters or when their colleagues are wounded. Last year another group came, entered the surgical ward, shot guns in the center of the hospital and eventually left after the sisters insisted this was not permitted. However, this was the first time I have witnessed such brutality. They were almost inhuman.

It was painful to see that these soldiers, who are trained to be the “forces of law and order,” behave like Amba boys. In several occasions, we have explained to the government officials that our role as a hospital is to treat people irrespective of their political leanings, but their forces keep breaking into our hospitals in search of Amba boys and insisting that we should not treat them.
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In 2018 the ambulance of the cardiac center was confiscated with its very expensive equipment and medication — amounting to about $150, 000. Negotiations to get them back failed. That same year the ambulance of St Martin de Porres Hospital, Njinikom — one of our health institutes — was set on fire with all the medication and equipment. The doctor, nurses and a sister were beaten and punished by trekking 5 kilometers without shoes.

Last year the Amba boys kidnapped the director of our hospital in Ntasen-Bamenda to an unknown destination for two days. We were asked to pay a ransom of about $6,000. Our relentless efforts to get the Amba boys to understand — what a hospital is, that guns are not allowed, that they should not block or burn the ambulances, or frighten the sisters and patients — are bearing no fruits. It is equally difficult to help the government officials understand that as religious women in the Catholic Church, our mission is to defend, protect and care for life, treating patients irrespective of their political, cultural, social or religious background.

Our congregation opened St Elizabeth’s Catholic General Hospital in 1935. In 1954, a School of Health Sciences opened to train registered nurses, laboratory technicians, midwives and nursing assistants. In 2002, we opened a diagnostic cardiology department with the Italian Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo. It evolved into a full-fledged cardiac center in 2009 — the only one in the country.

It has a sterling reputation, yet it is caught between the two factions. We sisters manage a number of other health centers in Cameroon that have closed due to similar violence and destruction. There is little global attention given to this conflict and consequently, there is no end in sight.

[Kenyuyfoon Gloria Wirba of Cameroon is a member of the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St Francis of Assisi – Cameroon Province. Her ministry has included missionary experience in Cameroon, writing, and lecturing at the Pontifical University of Rome.]

Biya’s gendarmes beat up and kill a 21 year old (Okada) bike rider in Bamenda because of 500 frs CFA

Bamenda Northern zone of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia: Gendarmes beat up and kills a 21 year Okada Rider in Bamenda today for not affording 500 frs CFA ($1) as settlement:

Inhabitants Below Foncha Street and Okada Boys around the Nkwen side of Bamenda went in uncontrollabe fury today at about midday after Gendarmes beat up an Okada Rider to death. They dumped his corpse by the roadside where they have mounted a routine checkpoint.

The young man was stopped last Friday and asked to “settle” his 500frs control. He complained that he had not worked that amount since it was still very early in the morning. He forfeited his ID card to the Gerdarmes to take it later when he had the 500frs. He returned yesterday to pay the amount but was told that he had to pay 2000frs to have his ID. He refused and left. At midday this morning, he went to the same checkpoint to get his ID. He was asked to pay 5000frs. When he refused to pay. An argument issued between them and the Gendarmes got him severely beaten to death.

His corpse was dumped by his bike and the Gerdarmes continued with their “control”. Alerted, more than 100 Okada riders invaded the site and took away the corpse to PMI Nkwen. The officials on duty declared the boy dead. The Okada Riders rode back to the site where act happened as the Gendarmes threatened to shoot but the riders resisted. One Policeman came and calmed them down and told them the incident was to be investigated. More than 200 Okada Riders took the corpse to the Bamenda Mortuary.

Scandy Media report

Bui CPDM leaders send military to terrorize patients at the Catholic Hospital Shisong

Shisong -Kumbo Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia): The Patients at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Hospital Shisong – Kumbo are still on shock and some feared to have aggravated their sicknesses especial those at the cardiac centre when the Bui Administrators (The SDO. DO, Mayors, Councilors etc) authorized the Cameroon Military to invade its premises. The shooting and breaking into wards, causing panic and confusion amongst patients, nurses and other workers caused many to flee their wards and those on drips having having to hurt them more in the process of running to safety. This happened Tuesday afternoon of 30th June 2020.

Scandy Media tried to reach out to the Hospital authorities but they were still on shock and could not talk for fear that they might be targeted and silenced as well. We carried out more investigations from some patients and workers who said, almost all units/departments at the hospital were attacked from the cardiac centre right to the even the convent that is outside the hospital.

One of the workers who witnessed the scene said they molested the gateman, broke the gate and forced their way into the hospital, went to the men’s ward and later proceeded to the surgical ward and the theatre. When they could not find what they wanted, they took the back gate that links the hospital with the convent. All doors at the locked were forced opened.

Here are some of the words we got from a staff at the hospital who also witnessed the horrifying incident; “The Military entered the Shisong hospital theatre and wanted to carry a patient off the operating table. The theatre staff shouted at them and they left kicking into places and went as far as breaking the doors of the General ward. The promised to come back soon, but before they left, they fired at least two gunshots in General ward”

We investigated further to find out why a military which the Biya’s regime refer to as professional will invade such a renowned Health Institution knowing fully well that the hospital is one of the no go areas in times of war. Our External informant told us that someone working at the hospital and romancing with the Biya’s Regime had informed the Government authorities that the Ambazonian fighters injured during a confrontation with the military were receiving treatment at the Shisong hospital. Another source even said some Francophones who claim to work as nurses and surgeons at the hospital serve as spies to the regime and that any patient who is brought in with a bullet even if a civilian as the military shoots at any civilian seen when out on rampage is referred to as an amba fighters by these Francophones working there. We are also told that some workings who are indigenes aspiring to hold positions or gain favors from the regime play the same role.

When asked why the military had to go right to theatre and convent, we are told the SDO, Mayors & Councilors instructed the military to do just that in case they did not find the Ambazonian fighters at the General ward and that some of them are usually hidden at the theatre and fed from the convent. It is really disheartening that a hospital will employ workers to save life and yet with their greed they will form lies against the reverend sisters who provide for all the needy and abandoned at the hospital providing food for those who can not afford and yet be accused of harboring Ambazonian fighters. A accusation that turned out to be false as they found no one. Should Southern Cameroonians also attack the hospitals becuase they treat the same military who shoot at civilians everyday? The hospitals in Kumbo are occupied mostly by these Biya’s military who are injured daily and dead bodies to the mortuaries but never have we seen civilians nor restoration forces getting close to any of these hospitals for treating and harboring these thugs, simply because the Ambazonian forces understand and respect the Geneva convention. Rumor even has it that some of these enablers working there now amputate any civilian shot by the military on the leg or arm. We are yet to investigate on that and if found true we will inform the hospital authorities immediately for immediate action.

It is high time the S.D.O and his collaborators, the appointed Mayors and Councilors be stopped and taken to face Justice for the many atrocities caused the people of Bui. We have seen hospitals burnt down with patients in other places like Kumba and if care is not taken, those from Kumbo will do the same. The SDO has brought more than 2000 extra military to Bui and they are not only killing but destroying property on daily basis simply because he has been promised the position of a Governor if Bui is wiped out. We urge the International community to intervene immediately and bring those committing these atrocities in Bui to justice.

Scandy Media

Biya’s regime and Military bent on imposing famine in Kumbo-Bui

Kumbo-Bui County Southern Cameroons: 27-06-20; President Paul Biya of Cameroon in collaboration with his CPDM elites and agents have devised another form of human rights abuse to inflict pain and famine in Kumbo -Bui in particular and Ambazonia in general by using the military destroy crops like corn, beans, potatoes etc. This should be the Biya’s version of Reconstruction and Development.

For a week now, Biya’s military forces have been in the streets of kumbo arresting civilians indiscriminately, extorting money from them in the name of bail to the tune of 50,000 frs CFA each and those that can not afford are taken to custody and taken out to the streets and handed cutlasses to clear and destroy any crop found along the road.

This barbaric destruction of crops started few weeks ago in when they invaded a village known as Jerfon in Meluf-Kumbo. The civilians did not take them seriously as they thought this was intended to have enough space to mount their camp. Two days later, they extended the same exercise to Kikaikom & Tsenla in Kikaikelaki (K4) where crops around the Baptist Health care and the Grand stand were all destroyed. This week alone saw at least 5 quarters in Kumbo losing their crops to destruction by the Biya’s military: These quarters include, the road from the post office in Tobin down to River Bui, Level Land, BBH quarters, Banka & Brigade quarters.

The civilian population is in pain, as for the previous years the military burnt down shops, private homes and public institutions but recently, they have engaged in another form of destruction added to the burning down of villages which is the destruction of crops.

Additionally, they keep invading villages and quarters in Bui in daily basis making life unbearable for civilians who spend most of their lives in bushes running away from their genocidal mission. At the moment as we are reporting, they have invaded the village of Tarkijah an outskirts of Kumbo after Kikaikelaki towards Tatum. At least 9 military vehicles including armored cars and caterpillars are busy terrorizing civilians there. At least one civilian has been shot and killed by the military. While this rampage is taking place, another set of Biya’s military are invading a quarter in Mbve known as corner water and about invading the Banso Batist Hospital (BBH) quarter where they increase and inflict more pains on the patients.

It is the wish of Bui civilians that the International community intervenes immediately with concrete actions to put an end to the atrocities of the Biya’s regime. The memories of the Ngarbuh massacre are still very fresh in our minds. The destruction of crops, looting of livestock, burning down of villages, killing, raping , intimidation etc are the order of the day from the Biya’s military and all these are violations of Human Rights.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem (Scandy Media)

Has Rev. Fr. George Nkeze taken the Buea Catholic Church hostage ? Is it his private property ?


So far, I have tried to restrain myself from wading into this saga between Rev. Fr. George Nkeze and his enthusiasts on the one hand and the hierarchy and institutions of the Catholic Church on the other. As a cradle Catholic, I expected that, as a Catholic priest, Fr. George Nkeze would publicly dissociate himself from what is being written in support of his position in this matter and bring his supporters to order because he knows better than most how the Catholic Church operates. Unfortunately, he himself has continued to put his name to documents which challenge or contradict the authority of the Apostolic Administrator of the Buea Diocese and that of the Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon. In addition, he and his cohort have singled out the Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Andrew Fuanya Nkea, as the object of a childish and disgraceful smear campaign and with him, any other priest, religious or lay person whom he thinks has ever stood up to his excesses in the Buea Diocese. This has led me to the conclusion that the devil is using Fr. George Nkeze to destroy the Catholic Church and the Buea Diocese. Of course, the devil cannot win against the Church, but I would like to make my own contribution in the fight against the devil and his agents.
Let me make it clear that it is with a very heavy heart that I engage in this write-up because, as a cradle and believing Catholic, I was brought up to respect our priests and the Church and to avoid saying or doing anything that would injure the priest or the Church. Nevertheless, I, my contributing authors and inside sources think that our silence in the face of the truth which we know would also be a betrayal of the Church to which we belong, and a betrayal of those whose names have maliciously been dragged in the mud by Fr. George Nkeze’s gang. It is now our belief that Fr. Nkeze is so power-drunk and so full of himself that he would even destroy CUIB and the Catholic Church to stay in power and enjoy the privileges which he has arrogated to himself by devious and demonic means for a very long time. We need you to understand the kind of person we are dealing with so that you will understand his actions or inactions, the illogical and incongruous arguments about the autonomy of CUIB, a University Board of Trustees that convenes itself without a Chair and issues communiqués signed by an employee of the University and their determination to fight unto death against the Church and her institutions.
Fr. Nkeze has a long history of controversy but we shall unpick a few facts that should show him up for who he is in spite of the glorious picture his praise singers have been employed to paint to the public.
As a seminarian, George Nkeze was disqualified for ordination. He was subsequently sent to Nyandong Parish by the late Bishop Awah where he spent time with the then Parish Priest, Fr. Joseph Bomsa. It was Fr. Joseph Bomsa who recommended George Nkeze for ordination and the late Bishop Awa ordained him, practically against the recommendation of his teachers in the seminary who did not think he was material for the priesthood. The National Spectator Online – which exists only in someone’s bedroom – has been harping on the fact that Bishop Bibi is from Bamessing, Ndop and therefore graffi, to whip up anti-graffi sentiments in support of a devilish cause. This is one of the tactics the devil is using to cripple the Church in the Buea Diocese. However, it is a fact that, had it not been for the graffi Bishop Awah and the graffi Fr. Bomsa, Fr. George Nkeze would not be a priest today. It is the same Fr. Nkeze who caused Fr. Bomsa to be thrown out so publicly and so humiliatingly from CUIB that this greatly traumatised the gentle Fr. Bomsa and turned him into a nervous wreck. When it comes to his quest for power, Fr. Nkeze is ruthless, which is why he was nicknamed KABILA when he took over Bonjongo College from his countryman Fr. Etienne Ntellah and moved it to Mutengene. He had used Fr. Bomsa to become a priest and now has no use for him, because using and dumping people is a consistent practice in his personal and professional life.
Fr. George’s fan club has worked hard to convince us that Bishop Bibi is only in the Buea Diocese to make personal money and the Archbishop of Bamenda has stashed away huge sums of money in foreign accounts and obtained landed property. We are not here to hold brief for either the Bishop or the Archbishop. But let us take a brief look at Fr. George Nkeze’s financial management record since some of us knew him.

When the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea (UIDB) was created, the Diocese gave the university an interest free loan of 200 million francs. Ten years down the line, when all his supporters are singing how Fr. George is a management guru and CUIB is the best University in the country, they have not repaid a dime of the interest-free loan. Can Fr. George be made to account for it?
Anyone remotely connected to CUIB knows that a Foundation was created in the United States of America to help in the financial management of the university. You would have seen on social media how Fr. George Nkeze turned it into a family business. He changed the name of the Foundation and, except for Fr. Basil Sede, everyone else on the Foundation is a relation of Fr. George’s. Does the Foundation now belong to his family or to the Church? Where is the money which people contributed to it? Can we be informed?
In 2010/2011 Fr. George came up with a bogus project called Platinum. He went on television with some scammers from the United States and elsewhere and said how the Buea Diocese was going to be transformed into a paradise on earth. We are working to ascertain how much the Diocese poured into the bogus project. Who has heard of it ever since? And what happened to the money of the Buea Diocese? Can Fr. George and his gang tell us? Does he not have to be accountable to the Church for the use of her money?
One of Fr. George Nkeze’s estranged friends (and he has many whom he has used and dumped) gave us a document which shows that on the 16th of August 2011, the sum of 80,000 euros (about 53 million CFA) was transferred from the Buea Diocesan Account in Germany to ReGeneis Worldwide IIC – Wells Fargo Account in Florida USA. This document was signed by the Bishop Emeritus Immanuel Bushu and his new Finance Secretary, Fr. George Njikang Ngalame, at the request of Fr. George Nkeze, specifically mentioned in the document as “the one working with ReGeneis Worldwide IIC in the US on behalf of the Diocese”. The previous Finance Secretary had refused to be involved in this transaction. Where is the money now? Can Fr. George inform us?
Priests and some laity in the Buea Diocese will remember the famous container shipped out from America apparently for the benefit of Our Lady of Grace College Muyuka. The shipment was paid for by the Buea Diocese. We are even told that they organised a ceremony for the Bishop to bless the container. But did he know whose goods filled the container? There was a car in it for one of the ladies who is now a trustee in CUIB and most of the items belonged to Fr. George. Speak to any priest who was around at the time. You can understand why the relieved trustees of CUIB are fighting for their lives. Only the Honourable Senator from Buea (who is not a Catholic) had the courage to do the right thing.
Under the pretext of running an entrepreneurial university, Fr. George asked the rather gullible Bishop Emeritus to hand over the thriving Diocesan Bookshop to the University so that students could use it to learn how to run a business. The other priests objected to this happening, but the bishop whom Fr. George had under his armpit, gave in. This is how the book project from which even classroom teachers benefitted became the milking cow of Fr. George and his cronies and they soon ran it aground, leaving the Diocese in hundreds of millions of debt. And the cheeky part – they handed back the bookshop and the debt to the Diocese!
Let us leave Fr. George’s atrocious financial record and move on to his management and leadership skills which his friends and beneficiaries have been trumpeting. Fr. George’s management history will be remembered more for empty slogans than for what he actually achieved. As principal of the prestigious Sasse College, he raised the school population to about 1000, but students were crammed into dormitories like never before in the history of the institution. Breaking of bounds was rife to the point where students actually rented rooms in town and went to live in those rooms in turns. Was his priority the making of money or the formation of young Cameroonians? In addition, except for Fr. Joseph Awoh who was principal of Sasse for four years when Fr. Nkeze was away, every other priest who came to Sasse was not good enough and was dismissed (Fr. Jarvis Kebbi, Fr. Aloysius Ndifor, Fr. Emmanuel Epie, etc) until Fr. George could bring in one of his lapdogs (Fr. Peter Nouk). As usual, he employed praise singers to say Fr. Nouk was the best principal for Sasse. From there Sasse became the farm of Fr. Nkeze supporters and sycophnats.
On his watch as Education Secretary, enrolment in Catholic schools in the Buea Diocese dropped from 36,000 to below 20,000. The records are there for anyone who wishes to verify. However, it is curious to note that as soon as he took over office and discovered that his predecessor had accumulated money, he organised a Celebration of Excellence (as if the excellence had been achieved under him) and squandered 100 million francs for that celebration alone! You celebrate excellence you did not achieve and spend a hundred million francs of money you did not save, and you are given a medal! Witchcraft!
He presided over the disbursement of the French Cooperation money which was meant to pay part of the arrears of teachers in the 1970s and, knowingly or out of incompetence, made a complete mess of the situation – putting the names of people on the lists who were not even born at the time the money was meant to cover, paying people who had been settled already in court (including his father) and leaving out teachers in Mamfe and other places who are in court today with the church over the matter. There are priests whose names were included in those lists but who never got any of the money. Their complaints fell on the deaf ears of the Bishop. Can anyone tell us where the money went? Yet, Fr. George is hailed as the godfather of poor teachers in the Buea Diocese.
Fr. George sacked priests as managers of schools and introduced superintendents and bursars for primary schools and store keepers for secondary schools. The sacking of priests turned the schools into lay private schools as doctrine, if taught, was not supervised, school Masses were not celebrated and the parish priest could not intervene in anything concerning the schools in his parish. In addition, the superintendents and bursars (which are paid positions) replaced the priests who played both roles without being paid. Schools were not only drying up spiritually but also financially under the best manager Buea Diocese has ever had. When Fr. Joseph Awoh became Education Secretary and tried to reverse this disaster, Fr. George Nkeze made sure he was removed before things were exposed. Even the disciples of Machiavelli in politics envy Fr. Nkeze’s Machiavellian tactics.
When Bishop Bibi makes changes to structures and people rise up in arms, it is good for us to find out why. In his tenure in the Education secretariat Fr. George ran a budget of 500 million francs. Who did he account to? How many times was he audited as Education Secretary? Or does the Church have alternative financial management guidelines? Those who benefited from the scraps that fell from the master’s table are the ones calling for priests to strike over Bishop Bibi’s introduction of financial procedure. Some of these priests lining up behind Fr. Nkeze have been heard telling their friends that it is their turn to make their own fortunes. This is the culture Fr. Nkeze brought to the Buea Diocese. Look at the management of schools and colleges and the Education secretariat and CUIB. Where were those who are calling on the priests to strike now when the other priests were marginalised by Fr. George Nkeze and his gang of bandits?

Leadership skills are demonstrated in an individual’s ability to focus the vision and talents of team members with diverse backgrounds, personalities and expertise to achieve a common purpose. If Fr. George Nkeze has a strong point, it is not this one. First, his history so far shows that if you are not related to him by blood or marriage or tribe and do not want to follow him like a goat, he has no use for you, no matter how much you can do for the Church or the institution which he leads. You only have to look at his closest collaborators in the Education Secretariat, CUIB, the University Board of Trustees, and the Foundation in the USA to see this.
If you have to work with Fr. George, you have to be a YES man, show unflinching loyalty to his person and sing his praises. In fact, as a power-hungry priest, while blood and tribe matter to him, sycophancy is the joker if you have to survive in Fr. Nkeze’s kingdom. In CUIB those who expressed opinions different from his own, even if they were expressed in a professional setting, automatically became enemies in the house. Staff spied on other staff and reported back to the boss who made sure those who did not take his side were punished. Staff recorded meeting proceedings and passed them on to the boss. For this reason, staff were hired and fired at the nod of his head and lots of time and money were spent in labour offices and court chambers.
In priestly circles you had to be on Fr. George’s side to get a good appointment. A number of priests who dared to oppose him, even in private (since he had his priest spies), had to pay the prize. They were dismissed from their functions and given assignments seen by most as punishment. Even then, some of those who were on his good books for a long time fell out of favour with him. As we all know, relationships entertained for immediate and ungodly interests do not last long. In his public position in CUIB as in his relationship with priests, he has left a long trail of allies with whom he has fallen out, including some of the priests he ferried to the United States of America. Some of these were sent to the University of Buea to read Educational Administration and others were sent to St. Thomas University in America to read Catholic Studies as reward for their loyalty but always making sure they would not study anything that would enable them challenge their boss intellectually. Where are the priests we are told HE helped train (with his money?) and what are they doing?
The vindictiveness which Fr. George and his followers are showing today has not just started now. Priests who fell out with him told horrible stories of blackmail and backstabbing. Some of those whom he suspected as rivals or as priests who could challenge what he was doing had to be destroyed and pulled down in order for Fr. George to remain the only cock in the compound. As Education secretary, he accused a priest principal for encouraging homosexuality in school. It turned out later that Fr. George had manufactured the story to get rid of a potential rival. It is because of this attitude that some Rev. Sisters and Rev. Fathers who worked with Fr. George in CUIB just escaped for dear life and never went back there. For this same reason, Fr. Aloysius Ndifor, Fr. Javis Kebbi, Fr. Bartholomew Anyawu, Fr. Joseph Awoh and many others had to be discredited, dismissed from their positions in the diocese and sent on exile. So let those who write about mafia and mafia bosses in the Church tell us who the real mafia boss is. And, by the way, if the church is such a mafia except for Fr. Nkeze and Bishop Bushu, why has Fr. Nkeze not abandoned such a devilish institution? What is he still hanging around doing with Mafia Gangs?
The truth about Fr. George Nkeze is that he has used the gullibility of the Bishop Emeritus of Buea to enrich himself and his family and cronies. At some point a bank manager pointed out that a single priest in the Buea Diocese had more money in his account than the diocese itself. How much does he have in his own foreign accounts? This same bishop appointed him Delegate for Special Duties (meaning?), Government and Foreign Missions and he abused the gullibility of the bishop in these positions in ways that are unworthy of a priest. He has not only stolen diocesan money for himself, his family and cronies, he is also using it to pay people to smear every priest and religious whom he thinks might have a good name with ecclesiastical authorities. If Fr. George Nkeze does not become bishop no one else should; if he is not President of CUIB, no one else can sit there. It is either him or no one. His biggest problem, we think, is that he cannot see himself sitting down as a priest and seeing Andrew Nkea as the archbishop and Michael Bibi as Apostolic Administrator of Buea and his Bishop. Jealousy and unfulfilled ambition have led even the holiest in the Church to become agents of the devil and try to destroy the Church from within. Since Fr. George is afraid of becoming Bishop because “they” will kill him, let him continue enjoying all the money he and his friends and family have stolen from the Church. Would he like to become a monsignor instead? Would that satisfy him?
Let us audit Fr. George in his time in Sasse College, the Education Secretariat, and at CUIB. He ordered fictitious audits for Bishop’s financial secretaries when he was “bishop” in everything but the skull cap and brought in his friends who were not qualified as auditors to kick his colleagues out under the pretext that they had mismanaged money. For example, Fr. Francis Ncham, was alleged by one of them to have stolen 500 million francs and he was dismissed so that Fr. George could have his way. How many audits did he carry out at the Secretariat during his time there and during the time of his friends and how many did he carry out in CUIB in ten years as President?
Without Fr. George, CUIB can only be a better place: the wrangling and smear campaigns will stop, the thieving will stop, the hiring and firing will stop, the victimisation of priests and religious and lay people will stop, and the bad blood between staff will stop. Then CUIB will truly become the university all Catholic Christians want it to be, not just a place of hollow slogans and praise singing. Without him, the Buea Diocese will only be a better place because the lightning rod for division among priests and victimisation will have been taken away. Without him the Buea Diocese will be able to save some money and make some progress! So, if he has stolen enough of the money which we Christians contribute every Sunday in spite of the very difficult times, and wants to go, let him go and leave us in peace. Let the Buea Diocese breathe.

Ayuk Bobby Moore
With Contributions from Fri Nwi and Alex Diobe in Buea. We also had extensive discussions from priests in Buea Diocese frustrated by the arrogance and highhandedness of Fr. George Nkeze