Inter-religious service for the fight against Corruption

Cameroon religious institutions on December 9th, 2018, once more gathered together to affect the consciences of Cameroonians in staying away from corrupt practices.

Cynthia EFOPA

On the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day and on the sidelines of the end of the celebration of the African Year against Corruption, the Cameroon National Anti-Corruption Commission organized an inter-religious service with the objective to touch the conscience of each and every one to say NO to the practice of corruption. The service that brought together Christians of different denominations and Muslims took place at the Yaounde congress hall on December 9th, 2018.

During the different preaching, the orators prayed for a corruption-free Cameroon. The Baptist Field pastor present at the event invited all Cameroonians to shun corruption that he said has made Cameroon very unpopular on the international scene. He called on them to search their consciences, hook on the word of God and brandish the strength of their faith by serving the country justly.

The President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Dieudonne Massi Gams on his part explained that the NACC is seeking a faith-based solution to the fight against corruption. Through the different conscience thrilling vices he is certain souls will be converted and morals upgraded for a better Cameroon free and void of corrupt practices. He further explained that the word of God is a pillar of morality that aids to build the moral integrity of individuals in the society. Reasons why the inter-religious service is a perfect arena to send across the message that can enable the Cameroon society to stamp out corruption which is a moral problem. The president of the Commission voiced that if Christians and Muslims uphold their faith, there will be love and care for one another, thereby reducing the practice of the scourge of corruption.

The fight against corruption in Cameroon has been a veritable combat of the Head of State, President Paul Biya, who has left no stone unturned to see that corrupt officials are brought to book. Several operations have been launched in this domain, the most popular been “Operation Sparrow-Hawk”, that has seen many corrupt officials flung behind bars, the money retrieved or their assets freeze. This to the contentment of the Cameroon people who are often the victims.

Present at the service were a cross section of institutions of higher learning, civil servants from different ministerial departments, private institutions and others. Some topics on which the different religious leaders pondered on corruption and sin, patriotism, and the family as a foundation for moral values.

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